Crews working to suppress Coal Hollow Fire in Utah County

A lightning-caused fire near Coal Hollow, about one-and-a-half miles from State Route 6 in Utah County has grown to 1,100 acres Monday morning. Photo Courtesy: Gephardt Daily/David H.

PRICE, Utah, Aug. 5, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) —¬†Crews are fighting a lightning-caused fire near Coal Hollow, about three miles from State Route 6 in Utah County, Sunday afternoon.

The Coal Hollow Fire, which has burned about 200 acres, started Saturday and was driven by hot, dry winds, according to a news release from Manti-La Sal National Forest officials.

The blaze is burning through mixed conifer, pinion-juniper, Gamble oak and other brush, the news release said, and is extremely smokey, which can hamper firefighters on the ground and air support.

There are about 80 firefighters working on the fire at this time, officials said. Because firefighting crews and equipment are responding to fires throughout the west, available resources are limited.

“There are some structures near the fire in the Dairy Hollow area,” the news release said. “An air tanker is dropping retardant in an effort to prevent further spread.”

At this time, there are no closures or evacuations as a result of the fire. Drivers in the area are asked to exercise caution and avoid distraction caused by fire activity.

Campers are reminded that there are fire restrictions in place on the Manti-La Sal National Forest at this time. Campfires are limited to fire rings constructed by the Forest Service at developed recreation sites like campgrounds and picnic areas. Stoves with an on/off switch that use liquid fuel are allowed on the forest land.

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