Evacuation orders are still in place, and could expand, in the Soldier Summit and Scofield areas in Utah County as fire crews continue fighting the Coal Hollow fire in Spanish Fork Canyon.
*** PRESS RELEASE *** August 9, 2018, 1:09 PM: EVACUATION INFORMATION: Utah and Carbon County Sheriff’s Offices are currently conducting evacuations. Search and rescue workers are clearing recreationalists and homeowners through Fish Creek, Bear Ridge, and Soldier Summit as well as portions of Aspen Cove and Scofield in Utah County. All homes south of State Route 6 to the Carbon County Line. State Route 96 is being evacuated from the junction with State Route 6 to Scofield.
Several areas are also under pre-evacuation notice. Areas north of State Route 6 from mile marker 195 to 210 are under notice. And in Carbon County, Madsen Bay, Scofield West, Fish Creek, and the Clear Creek Community are also in pre-evacuation status. 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.
State Route 6 is currently open. However, stopping along the route is not permitted. Utah Highway Patrol is traveling the canyon and ensuring that all traffic continues through without stopping. Firefighters will be on the fire throughout the night. They will be patrolling State Route 6 as well as conducting suppression activity.
For more information, visit @UtahWildfire on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UtahWildfire/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/UtahWildfire). Search for #CoalHollowFire and #Hilltop Fire. And visit inciweb.nwcg.gov for maps, photos, and more details on these and other fires.
Coal Hollow Fire started Aug. 4 due to a lightning strike. It is located in southeast Utah County near SR-6 and Dairy Fork. It had grown to 17,208 acres by Aug. 9. It is an aggressive fast moving fire in steep terrain driven by hot winds in dry fuels. Currently there are three crews, nine engines, three helicopters, and 147 personnel fighting the fire. Power Lines, highway, railroad and residences are threatened. Continued hot dry weather is expected to result in continued extreme fire behavior. The incident management team will hold a community meeting Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at the North Sanpete High School in Mt. Pleasant.