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SALT LAKE CITY — Residents across the Wasatch Front should expect another day of poor air quality due to haze from wildfires burning across the western U.S.

KSL's Air Quality Network forecasts the air to be unhealthy for sensitive groups across Utah's four most populated counties, as well as eastern Utah. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality defines sensitive groups as children and older adults, people who are active outdoors and people with lung disease, such as asthma.

Other counties across the state can expect moderate air quality conditions Friday.

However, some areas of the state have much worse air quality than others. For example, Orem, Provo, Salem, Spanish Fork and West Benjamin in Utah County each reported unhealthy air quality amounts Friday. Spanish Fork reported a 257 score at 9:15 a.m. The threshold for air to be classified as unhealthy is 151 and 257 falls into the "very unhealthy" range.

Meanwhile, crews continued to fight the Coal Hollow and Hill Top fires burning in Utah and Sanpete counties. More than 200 personnel were assigned to the Coal Hollow Fire Friday morning. The fire has burned 17,969 acres since it started Aug. 4, according to Utah Fire Info.


This article will be updated throughout the day with information about Utah's wildfires.

Friday, 09:32pm

Pre-evacuations expected to be lifted Saturday for Hill Top Fire in Sanpete County

Friday, 08:27pm

Some Carbon County residents near Coal Hollow Fire allowed to return home

Friday, 08:20pm

Dollar Ridge Fire in Duchesne County is 90 percent contained, grows to 62,300 acres

Friday, 03:29pm

GIFs show spread of Hill Top and Coal Hollow fires

Friday, 03:20pm

Goose Creek Fire in Box Elder County nearly contained

Friday, 03:17pm

Red Cross officials close Indianola evacuation center

Friday, 11:28am

Dollar Ridge Fire (south of Fruitland, Duchesne County) reaches 60K acres

Friday, 11:00am

False evacuation alert clarified, to be reviewed


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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.


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