SCOFIELD, Utah, Aug. 9, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — After late-night evacuations of some parts of Scofield, residents were allowed back into their homes for a few hours Thursday morning to gather belongings and livestock.
The areas were threatened by the rapid growth of the Coal Hollow Fire on Wednesday, which started the day at 8,000 acres and grew to 12,000. As of Thursday morning, the fire was estimated at 17,208 acres.
A Carbon County Sheriff’s Facebook post announced the mandatory evacuation at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. It was was enacted for areas north and west of Scofield Reservoir, including the Scofield Mountain Homes and Aspen Cove subdivisions, Bear Canyon Road, Fish Creek, and access roads from Soldier Summit (not including State Route 6), and State Route 96 from SR-6.
Pre-evacuation notices also were issued for Madsen Bay and Scofield West on Wednesday night, the CCSO statement says.
“Residents and visitors in these areas should be prepared to evacuate by making a plan. Please remember the importance of leaving as soon as requested by authorities for your safety as well as that of emergency responders.”
As for evacuees being allowed in Thursday, those people had to complete their business by 1 p.m., a CCSO Facebook post says:
“Residents of evacuated areas in Scofield are being allowed into their property to gather belongings until 1 p.m. today 8/9/18, this includes livestock. Residents/ property owners must check in and out at the rangers station.”