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The Incident Management Team will hold a community meeting Thursday, August 9 at 7 p.m. at Sanpete High School in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Fire officials and local land managers will provide information on the fires and answer questions from the public. For those unable to attend, the meeting will also be broadcast through Utah Fire Information on Facebook and Twitter.

The Coal Hollow Fire in Utah County’s Spanish Fork Canyon had more than doubled in size and has now burned 17,208 acres as of Thursday morning and has shown “extreme fire behavior” with fire whirls and flames up to 500 feet tall.

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At this point, the blaze is zero percent contained.

Extreme fire behavior yesterday was a result of the combination of weather conditions, dry fuels, and steep terrain. The fire burned past Skyline Drive, prompting new pre-evacuation and evacuation areas in Utah, Carbon, and Sanpete Counties. Search and rescue personnel are working to notify all affected residents and visitors. A map of the evacuation areas is found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/6101/. It is never too early to plan for evacuations. Visit https://www.ready.gov/ for information on what to take and how to plan if you and your family are impacted by fire evacuations.

Firefighters are prepared for a very active fire again today.  In the northeast corner of the perimeter, they have established an anchor point to work from. They will steadily work to the east, along SR6, and to the south, towards Clear Creek Road, to achieve containment.  Additionally, structures and critical infrastructure are being evaluated for defense by firefighters. This includes several points throughout the evacuated area as well as communities near Scofield, where pre-evacuation notices were issued last night.

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By Great Basin Incident Management

On Wednesday, Great Basin Team 4 took command of both the Coal Hollow and Hilltop Fires.  Due to heavy regional fire activity, Team 4 will be in command of both fires to share resources and improve suppression efforts. Firefighting resources have established a fire camp near Indianola.

Fire vehicles will be traveling along Highway 89, State Route 6, and several other local roads.  Please drive cautiously in these areas, particularly in the early morning and late evening hours when crews are driving between the fires and the fire camp.  Drive with lights on due to heavy smoke that may settle in the valleys.

Accurate perimeter mapping has not yet been conducted since yesterday’s significant fire activity.  Updated acreages and maps will be available later today.  Today, skies will be sunny with no chance of precipitation.  Temperatures will be in the low 90s and relative humidity will drop to the teens.  Winds will start from the northwest, changing to west-northwest winds later in the afternoon and bringing gusts up 18 miles per hour.

COMMUNITY MEETING:  The Incident Management Team will hold a community meeting Thursday, August 9, at 7 p.m. at a location yet to be determined. Fire officials and local land managers will provide information on the fires and answer questions from the public.

COAL HOLLOW FIRE

Location:  11 miles northeast of Price, Utahr

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rStart rDater Cause rSizer(acres)r Percent Containment Crews Engines Helicopters Total Personnel
8/4 Lightning est. 3,500 0% 3 9 3 147

Current Situation:  Fire activity increased significantly yesterday afternoon on all flanks of the fire.  Up canyon winds moved the fire primarily to the east and across Dairy Fork Road.  Firefighting resources continue to monitor all values at risk.  Today, limiting fire spread north towards the State Route 6 corridor is the priority.  The Team is working with area utility companies as well as local law enforcement in the event the fire gets closer to State Route 6.  If you are traveling through the area, do not stop along the road.  Right now, Lake Fork Road, Clear Creek Road, and Dairy Fork Roads are all closed; the Manti-La Sal National Forest is expanding that closure today to include Fish Creek and Skyline Roads.

HILL TOP FIRE

Location:  15 miles north of Mt. Pleasant, Utahr

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rStart rDater Cause rSizer(acres)r Percent Containment Crews Engines Helicopters Total Personnel
8/6 Human est. 1,400 12% 3 17 1 168

Current Situation:  Yesterday dozers constructed fireline on the northern portion of the fire, where the fire is closest to structures.  Evacuations are still in place by Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office.  The fire increased in activity late in the afternoon, and air tankers completed several retardant drops on the northern flank of the fire.  Around 8 PM, once temperatures began to decrease, firefighters conducted a burnout in the northeast corner to reduce fuels and more effectively contain the perimeter.  The fire is currently holding along privately-owned fields on the northeast and southeast sides.  The fire was most active on the south and east sides.

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