PRICE, Utah, Aug. 6, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A lightning-caused fire near Coal Hollow, about one-and-a-half miles from State Route 6 in Utah County, had grown to 1,100 acres Monday morning.
The Coal Hollow Fire, which broke out Saturday, was initially three miles from SR-6, according to a tweet from Manti-La Sal National Forest officials. There are 100 firefighters working to suppress the blaze, with more resources ordered.
Residences in Dairy Fork are threatened, the tweet said. The Dairy Fork Road is closed and a Temporary Flight Restriction is being ordered over the fire area.
The Coal Hollow Fire was driven by hot, dry winds, according to a news release. Burning in heavy timber and dry brush, the fire spread quickly Sunday afternoon.
The blaze is burning through mixed conifer, pinion-juniper, Gamble oak and other brush, the news release said. The fire is extremely smokey, which can hamper firefighters on the ground and air support.
Drivers in the area are asked to exercise caution and avoid distraction caused by fire activity in the vicinity of SR-6.
Campers should obey 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, such as campgrounds and picnic areas. Stoves with an on/off switch that use liquid fuel are allowed on the forest land.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.