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Coal Hollow Fire doubles in size since Monday, national firefighting team to take over

August 7, 2018

A helicopter dumps water on a section of the Coal Hollow fire during an aerial operation on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

The Coal Hollow Fire in southern Utah County doubled in size since Monday, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire, which is about 1.5 miles off State Route 6 on Dairy Fork Canyon Road, is now estimated at 2,300 acres as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Estimates Monday morning had the fire at about 1,100 acres.

The fire grew throughout the day Monday in steep and rocky areas with conifers and pinyon/juniper stands, the release said. Though winds are expected to die down, high temperatures and low humidity keep fire growth potential high.

Lighting started the fire Saturday, and 110 firefighters are currently assigned to contain the fire, which is currently at 0 percent containment.

A National Type 2 Incident Management Team will take over the fire Wednesday morning, the press release said, bringing more resources to assist with suppressing the fire.

Several structures are threatened by the fire including railroad tracks, power lines and State Route 6. Drivers on State Route 6 are asked to be cautious and avoid distraction caused by firefighting activities in close vicinity to the road, the release said.

Dairy Fork Canyon Road and a segment of Lake Fork Canyon Road are closed, and a temporary flight restriction has been ordered over the fire area.

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