Coal Hollow Fire to get more resources as Hilltop Fire nears containment

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SANPETE COUNTY/UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Aug. 11, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The Hill Top Fire, north of Fairview in Sanpete County, may be contained by Monday, officials said late Friday night.

“There was no change in the perimeter of the fire today (Friday), and containment is expected by Monday if conditions remain the same,” an update on Inciweb said.

The Sanpete County Sheriff lifted all evacuations for this fire on Friday morning; however, all residents are still under a pre-evacuation notice.

According to the update, the success firefighters have had with the Hill Top Fire has allowed more resources to be moved to assist with the Coal Hollow Fire.

The lightning-caused Coal Hollow Fire, which started Aug. 4 in southeast Utah County near State Route 6 and Dairy Fork, has grown to nearly 18,000 acres.

A Friday night update asks everyone to drive slowly through the SR-6 corridor because of diminished visibility and large fire vehicles on the road.

Evacuations and closures are still in effect for the Coal Hollow Fire, and Sept. 1 is currently the estimated date for containment.

A drone was seen flying near Strawberry Reservoir on Friday afternoon while aircraft were dipping water for the Coal Hollow Fire, the Inciweb update said.

The drone wasn’t within restricted airspace, but officials are reminding everyone not to fly drones near wildfires because of the possibility of causing a collision.



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