SALT LAKE CITY — Both directions of U.S. Highway 6 remain closed Monday from Thistle (U.S. Highway 89 junction) to Castle Gate (U.S. Highway 191 junction) as a wildfire continues to burn in southeast Utah County, according to Utah Department of Transportation officials.
Authorities closed the highway because of the Coal Hollow Fire Sunday afternoon. It remains unclear when it will reopen while crews battle the fire and UDOT officials urge motorists to use I-70 as an alternate route.
"Just so you know, that Highway 6 is going to be closed for a while. Plan appropriately," said Rob Powell, operations sections chief for the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, in a video posted by Utah Fire Info Monday.
In addition, Diamond Fork Canyon, east to Sheep Creek Road and up to Springville Crossings were evacuated Sunday evening, according to Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.
The Coal Hollow Fire has burned more than 22,000 acres since it began by a lightning strike Aug. 4, according to Dan Dallas, incident commander for Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.
Utah Fire Info reports that the Coal Hollow Fire is one of six active wildfires burning in the state Monday.
Sunday's wildfire coverage
This blog will be updated throughout the day.