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Fire updates: Crews expect U.S. Highway 6 to 'be closed for a while'

By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Posted - Aug 13th, 2018 @ 10:55pm


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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.

Monday, 10:52pm

Coal Hollow Fire grows to more than 22K acres; evacuations remain the same

Monday, 06:06pm

Officials to hold 2 community meetings on Coal Hollow Fire

Monday, 04:47pm

Video shows growth of Coal Hollow Fire burning southwest of Tucker, Utah

Monday, 01:42pm

7 small fires burned 2 acres near Lost Creek Reservoir, officials say

Monday, 01:15pm

Bear Trap Fire remains 0 percent contained

Monday, 12:20pm

Crews expect U.S. Highway 6 to 'be closed for a while'

Monday, 11:46am

New fire starts near Lost Creek Reservoir in Morgan County

Monday, 11:15am

New growth forming at Dollar Ridge Fire burn scar

Monday, 09:50am

Coal Hollow Fire (southeast of Spanish Fork) burns 20K acres; thunderstorms forecasted Monday

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