Update: Coal Hollow Fire reaches over 19,000 acres; zero percent contained
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.