Fire in the Hole is a combination of a powered coaster, propelling itself upwards along dark ride scenes, and an ordinary coaster using gravity to go down series up drops. In the finale, the coaster ends with a splashdown. The ride is entirely indoors and therefore counts as a dark ride.
The ride's theme is based on the history of the town of Marmaros, a former village near the location of Silver Dollar City. The village relied on mining in the nearby Marvel Cave, and was left when the mining ceased. The ghost town was later destroyed by fire, which is rumored to be a caused by group of vigilantes known as the Baldknobbers. In the ride, scenes include the Marvel Cave and the burning village.