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Coal Hollow fire grows to 1,100 acres, crews working to suppress

August 6, 2018

The Coal Hollow fire grew to 1,100 acres by Monday morning after a lighting strike ignited it Saturday, and 100 emergency personnel are currently responding.

The fire is located in southern Utah County about 1.5 miles from State Route 6, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service. Hot afternoon winds pushed the fire through heavy timber and dry brush, spreading it quickly Sunday afternoon. Early Sunday afternoon, officials reported that the fire had burned about 200 acres.

Several structures are threatened, including railroad tracks, power lines, State Route 6 and the Dairy Fork community, the release said. One hundred personnel are working on the fire, with more resources requested.

Dairy Fork Road is closed and a temporary flight restriction has been ordered over the fire area. Drivers are asked to exercise caution in the area, the press release said.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest, where the fire is located, currently has fire restrictions, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Campfires are limited to fire rings constructed by the Forest Service at developed sites like campgrounds and picnic areas.

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