New evacuations, closures from Coal Hollow Fire
SPANISH FORK CANYON — New evacuations are in place as a result of the Coal Hollow Fire, which jumped U.S. 6 over the weekend and forced the closure of the road.
According to a tweet from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, all of Diamond Fork up to Springville Crossing and east to Sheep Creek Road is now evacuated. They say these will be in effect until at least later today.
US Hwy 6 is now closed from Diamond Fork to Tucker (MM 185-MM203). The fire jumped Hwy 6. Evacuations are for all of Diamond Fork up to Springville Xing and east to Sheep Creek Road. These will be in effect until at least later tomorrow, 8/13/18. https://t.co/ZbzldkUpg1
— Spencer Cannon (@SGTCannonPIO) August 13, 2018
Thunderstorms yesterday caused the fire to spike prompting the 2nd highway closure in a week. Fire authorities say 500 personnel are out battling it.
“This is our 5th fire so far this season. They’ve all been somewhat similar. Highway corridors, extreme fire behavior, lack of resources all that kind of stuff. So it’s nothing unusual for us,” Section Chief Rob Powell said.
No structures have been lost. The Coal Hollow fire has burned about 30 square miles, or roughly the size of West Jordan.
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