Thursday, June 30, 2022

Coal Hollow Fire closes Highway 6

r By Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team

Afternoon thunderstorms caused a spike in fire activity on the Coal Hollow Fire south of Utah Hwy 6 yesterday. The fire crossed the highway, prompting the second closure of the major thoroughfare in less than a week. Both directions of U.S. Highway 6 remain closed from Thistle (U.S. Highway 89 junction) to Castle Gate (U.S. Highway 191 junction). It is unclear at this time how long the highway road closure will be in place, but fire officials stressed that travel along the highway during this time could endanger public safety.

The fire is becoming established in lighter fuels in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and has the potential to move very quickly. Night crews monitored the fire through the night. Diamond Fork Canyon, east to Sheep Creek Road and up to Springville Crossings were evacuated Sunday evening. r

The thunderstorms sat directly over the fire causing winds from all directions. As conditions changed, crews disengaged and moved to safety zones until it was safe to continue working along the fire line. Yesterday’s planned firing operations to remove fuels and strengthen containment lines were not carried out due to the increase in fire activity.

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Thunderstorms moving into the area today will likely produce measurable rainfall. Debris may be picked up by winds, and ash fall may be present in areas near the fire perimeter. Outflow winds will be possible, gusting up to 40 mph. Inversions will be weak due to the overnight cloud cover and added humidity, lifting early in the day.
Chris Baird
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Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.
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