Wildfires continue in Sanpete and Utah Counties

Wildfires continue in Sanpete and Utah Counties

The Coal Hollow and Hilltop fires are both continuing to burn in Utah and Sanpete Counties.

The same Type two incident management team is working on both fires and sharing resources.

According to the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office, the two structures burned in the Hilltop Fire were not homes. One was a shed and another was a sheep camp.

The firefighters have been successful in protecting homes that were threatened in the Milburn area so far.

The following information was released Thursday Morning:

HILLTOP FIRE: Wednesday’s fire activity on the Hill Top Fire was limited to interior pockets of timber.  The fire perimeter did not grow and is at 1,838 acres with 12 percent containment.

Firefighters have been able to fully secure the line on the western edge.  Today they will continue to work around the edge to increase containment.

As containment increases, resources will be redirected to the Coal Hollow Fire.  Evacuations have not changed since Milburn was reopened yesterday afternoon, but the Sanpete County Sheriff and Great Basin Team four are working together to return residents to their homes as soon as it is safe to do so.

COAL HOLLOW FIRE:   Extreme fire behavior Wednesday was a result of the combination of weather conditions, dry fuels, and steep terrain. The fire has grown to 17,208 with 0 percent containment.

The fire burned past Skyline Drive, prompting new pre-evacuation and evacuation areas in Utah, Carbon, and Sanpete Counties.  Search and rescue personnel are working to notify all affected residents and visitors.  A map of the evacuation areas is found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/6101/.  It is never too early to plan for evacuations.  Visit https://www.ready.gov/ for information on what to take and how to plan if you and your family are impacted by fire evacuations.

Firefighters are prepared for a very active fire again Thursday.  In the northeast corner of the perimeter, they have established an anchor point to work from.  They will steadily work to the east, along SR6, and to the south, towards Clear Creek Road, to achieve containment.  Additionally, structures and critical infrastructure are being evaluated for defense by firefighters.  This includes several points throughout the evacuated area as well as communities near Scofield, where pre-evacuation notices were issued Wednesday night.

COMMUNITY MEETING:  The Incident Management Team will hold a community meeting tonightThursday, August 9, at 7 PM, at North Sanpete High School in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.  Fire officials and local land managers will provide information on the fires and answer questions from the public.  For those unable to attend, the meeting will also be broadcast through Utah Fire Information on Facebook and Twitter.