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