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'Hollow Fire' threatens homes in Sanpete County

Posted at 6:44 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 20:54:48-04

SANPETE COUNTY, Utah – The "Hollow Fire" has burned roughly 1,400 acres since it ignited Friday afternoon near Indianola.

Fire officials estimate it is 40 percent contained as of Saturday evening.

The fire forced the evacuation of several homes Friday located between Big Horn Ranch Road and Beck Road. Those evacuations continued into Saturday.

Crews took an aggressive approach to stop the flames from progressing as hot, dry conditions created challenges.

“Fuels are just so dry, fire is moving quickly. We’ve seen that on a number of incidents this year, so far,” said Kait Webb with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. “We had such a hot and dry spring and that has carried into the summer. The fuels here are very dry. Firefighters were experiencing active fire behavior yesterday.”

Two hot shot crews and 16 engine crews from across Utah are fighting the fire, along with air resources.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of this fire.