Evacuation order for Hill Top fire being rescinded

Evacuation order for Hill Top fire being rescinded

There was good news Thursday night for residents of Sanpete County who have been affected by evacuation orders due to the Hill Top fire.  Sheriff Brian Nielson told the crowd that as of Friday morning at 10 a.m., all evacuation orders will return to pre-evacuation status.  This means residents and land owners may return to their properties but must still be ready to leave if the fire becomes more active.  Members of the Great Basin Type 2 Management Team #4 explained to the group the Hill Top fire is 61% contained, and they expect to achieve 100% containment in the next couple of days.  They gave high praise to local and state fire resources whose immediate action prevented the fire from being worse than it was.

News about the Coal Hollow fire wasn’t as positive.  The fire more than tripled on Wednesday and is 0% contained.  Team members said it will probably be at least two weeks before containment is reached due to the hot weather, dry fuels and rugged terrain.  And although the inversion holding the smoke in the valley may be uncomfortable for residents, it is actually keeping the fire from growing as quickly.  Their main goals in fighting the fire are to protect the railroad tracks, power lines, homes and road along the Highway 6 corridor.
The Type 2 Management Team will be replaced in a few days by a Type 1 Management team who will continue to evaluate the Coal Hollow fire and work toward total containment.