PRICE, Utah, Aug. 5 – Fire crews are fighting a lightning-caused fire near Coal Hollow, about three miles from State Route 6 in Utah County. The fire, which has burned about 200 acres, is burning through mixed conifer, pinion-juniper, Gamble oak and other brush. The fire is extremely smoky, which can hamper fire fighters on the ground and air support.
The fire started Aug. 4 and was driven by hot, dry winds. There are some structures near the fire in the Dairy Hollow area. An air tanker is dropping retardant in an effort to prevent further spread of the fire. There are about 80 firefighters working on the fire at this time. Because firefighting crews and equipment are responding to fires throughout the west, available resources are limited.
Drones are not allowed in the airspace over the fire. There are no closures or evacuations. Drivers in the area are asked to exercise caution and avoid distraction caused by fire activity.
Everyone is reminded that there are fire restrictions in place on the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Campfires are limited to fire rings constructed by the Forest Service at developed recreation sites like campgrounds and picnic areas. Stoves with an on/off switch that use liquid fuel are allowed on the Forest.