Update: Coal Hollow Fire has burned 24K acres; community meetings scheduled

A moment of silence was held in Matt Burchett's honor Tuesday morning with the leaders of the 629 people assigned to the Coal Hollow Fire. Photo Courtesy: Utah Fire Info

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Aug. 14, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The Coal Hollow Fire has now burned 24,576 acres and is 2 percent contained, officials said Tuesday.

The acreage has been updated to reflect more accurate mapping due to the most recent infrared flight over the fire, according to a post on Facebook from Utah Fire Info.

Two community meetings have now been scheduled to discuss and get the latest information on the incident, the post said. The first of these will be held Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Carbon County Fairgrounds, at 450 S. Fairgrounds Road in Price, and the second on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Maple Mountain High School, at 51 N. 2550 East, in Spanish Fork. Representatives from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, forest personnel from both the Manti-LaSal and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests, and cooperating state and county officials will be on hand to answer questions.

U.S. 6 was shut down in the area of the Coal Hollow Fire on Sunday afternoon, and as of Tuesday afternoon remains closed from Diamond Fork to Tucker (milepost 185 to milepost 203). Utah Fire Info tweeted late Tuesday afternoon U.S. 6 will reopen at 8 p.m.

Evacuations are still in place for all of Diamond Fork up to Springville Crossing, and east to Sheep Creek Road.

The lightning-caused Coal Hollow Fire started Aug. 4 in southeast Utah County near State Route 6 and Dairy Fork. Sept. 1 is currently the estimated date for containment.

The acreage has been updated to reflect more accurate mapping due to the most recent infrared flight over the fire, according to a post on Facebook from Utah Fire Info. Courtesy: Utah Fire Info

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