Update: Coal Hollow Fire reaches over 29,000 acres; 80% contained
UPDATE: (Aug. 26, 9:01 a.m.) -- High wind gusts in the area have the potential to restart remaining hot spots, officials said Sunday morning. Crews will continue suppression efforts, prep indirect fire lines, and conduct mop-up and rehab operations as needed along the perimeter and interior. North Fork Road is closed along the western fire edge and Skyline road from Highway 6 south to Bear Ridge Road juncture. Road blocks are still in place.
UPDATE: (Aug. 25, 5:50 p.m.) -- Evacuation areas up Spanish Fork Canyon will be reduced Sunday morning.
UPDATE: (Aug. 25, 1:03 p.m.) -- The Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team 6 assumed command on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. Favorable weather conditions allowed firefighters to improve fire lines along the Coal Hollow Fire perimeter. Crews will continue suppression efforts, prepping indirect fire lines and conducting mop-up operations to prevent fire from progressing into Bennion Creek and Fish Creek. All posted closures and evacuations are still in effect until further notice.
UPDATE: (Aug. 19, 9:13 p.m.) --Zone 8 is the only area with Forest Service closures. All other areas have no restrictions. Fire officials say the fire is 47% contained. The fire has burned more than 29,000 acres.
UPDATE: (Aug. 18, 9 p.m.) -- Zones 2,15 and 18 have been changed from evacuation to pre-evacuation. Residents in the area can return home. National Forest closure orders remain in effect.
UPDATE: (Aug. 18, 8 a.m.) Bowhunting season opens on Aug. 18, and officials urge hunters to check U.S. Forest Service for closure maps.
UPDATE: (Aug. 16, 9:35 p.m.) Coal Hollow has reached 26,380 acres and 19-percent containment.
UPDATE: Coal Hollow has now grown to 19, 360 acres.
UPDATE: Highway 6 is open; however, officials urge those passing through to drive slow as visibility is limited. Utah Fire Info released an updated evacuation map on Aug. 10, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Officials also remind everyone of Utah drone laws after seeing a drone flying near Strawberry Reservoir during a water drop Friday afternoon.
UPDATE: Fire officials estimate that the Coal Hollow Fire has reached 17,208 acres. Officials were able to fly over the area of the fire. The fire is still zero percent contained.
UPDATE: A community meeting for the Coal Hollow Fire will be held Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the North Sanpete High School.
UPDATE: Fire officials and local authorities updated the fire evacuation map to more accurately reflect current and planned evacuations. UHP closed Highway 6 from Thistle to Sheep Creek.
(KUTV) — New numbers from the Carbon County Sheriff's Office indicate the Coal Hollow Fire grew 4,000 acres on Wednesday — from 8,000 to 12,000 acres.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the area North and West of Scofield Reservoir, the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post. This included the Scofield Mountain Homes and Aspen Coves subdivisions.
Evacuation areas outside the subdivisions included Bear Canyon Road, Fish Creek Road and access roads from Soldier Summit (not including Highway 6).
SR-96 from Highway 6 was also closed.
The sheriff's office warned more orders might follow, and said it would issue a map with certain perimeters as soon as possible.
The public was asked to avoid the Scofield Reservoir area.
The Coal Hollow Fire was threatening power lines, Highway 6, railroad tracks and residences in the areas of Carbon and Utah Counties near Scofield Reservoir.
The fire was reportedly caused by lightning and started on Saturday.