Hill Top and Coal Hollow Fire Update: 8/11

Coal Hollow and Hilltop Fire Information
August 11, 2018 Evening Update

Scattered clouds entered the area today and brought humidity up slightly.  Isolated thunderstorms developed over the area but produced no more than a little gusty wind.  A morning weather balloon was launched and recorded very unstable atmospheric conditions which could have led to erratic winds.  On Monday, the increase in moisture will lead to a higher chance of thunderstorms and possibly a wetting rain over the fire.

COAL HOLLOW FIRE – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6101/
Location:  15 miles southeast of Spanish Fork, Utah

Start Date Cause Size Containment Crews Engines Helicopters Total Personnel
8/4 Lightning 19,360 acres 4% 8 20 3 395

Current Situation:  The Coal Hollow Fire continues to actively burn in the US 6 corridor.  Fire activity increases with the lifting of the inversion around mid-day.  Fireline construction by crews and dozers continues towards Bennion Creek.  All flanks west of Dairy Fork road are active with continued backing downslope and flanking side hill, followed by short uphill runs.

Total acreage on the fire has been broken down into approximate values by agency ownership:  West Desert District Bureau of Land Management, 402 acres (2%); private, 277 acres (2%); Utah Department of Natural Resources, 2,900 acres (16%); and Manti-La Sal National Forest, 15,703 (80%).

Tomorrow morning, the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team will assume command of the Coal Hollow Fire.  They will continue operations begun by Great Basin Team 4, including close coordination with Utah, Carbon, and Sanpete County Sheriffs on evacuations and closures.

For those under pre-evacuation notice, be prepared to leave at any time if fire conditions necessitate increased evacuations.  Visit https://www.ready.gov/ for tips on preparing for evacuations.  Knowing where you will go and what to take with you is critical to a safe and speedy evacuation.

HILL TOP FIRE – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6110/
Location:  6 airmiles north of Fairview, Utah

Start Date Cause Size Containment Crews Engines Helicopters Total Personnel
8/6 Human 1,861 acres 100% 1 7 0 70

Current Situation:  Firefighters have reached full containment of the Hill Top Fire.  Great Basin Team 4 will remain in command of the Hill Top Fire through tomorrow.  The remaining resources assigned to the fire will continue to secure control lines and monitor the area in case any hot spots become visible, particularly in cottonwood stands.  Some interior pockets of brush will continue to burn but are not a threat to containment.  Rehabilitation work will be ongoing to repair the impacts of suppression actions.  Berms created during construction of dozer line will be spread out, and hazardous standing dead trees (snags) will be removed by equipment.  This will be the final update on the Hill Top Fire.  Any further information will be found at Utah Fire Info (https://utahfireinfobox.com/).

As Great Basin Team 4 demobilizes from the incident, we would like to thank the communities and cooperators with whom we’ve worked during the course of our short stay here in the Indianola Valley.  Thank you for the support to the firefighters working diligently to suppress the fires.

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