Residents, concerned over air quality and smoke, gather for Coal Hollow Fire meeting

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SPANISH FORK, Utah (News4Utah) – The Coal Hollow Fire has burned more than 26 thousand acres, and is just two percent contained. On Wednesday, hundreds of people gathered to ask fire officials questions about many issues, including air quality.

“Our air quality has been terrible,” said Holly Frasche, a Spanish Fork resident and mother.

“We kinda dread getting up in the morning. Our house fills with smoke in the basement,” added Frasche.

She showed up to a public meeting about the Coal Hollow Fire on Wednesday night. That meeting was held at Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork.

Meantime, the fire burned roughly 15 miles to the Southeast.

“Unfortunately, if the air is bad outside — I would definitely say stay in,” said Carolyn Kelly, the air resource advisor for Coal Hollow  Fire.

Spanish Fork, she says, has been registering the worst air quality in the region.

Resident Holly Frasche is keeping her kids inside when she can.

“There have been days where I have not let them out, at all. Because it’s so bad. And I don’t want them outside breathing it.”

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