Brian Head Fire Grows to 1,000 acres
Firefighters had little success overnight trying to contain a wildfire that rages through the dense forest near Brian Head, Utah as residents remain evacuated.
A spokesman for Dixie National Forrest this morning has said the fire is zero contained as of now and grew overnight. So far, one home has been completely destroyed and others remain threatened by the fire. State Route 143, the main highway to Brian Head, remains closed and today authorities are expected to shut down hiking trails and mountain biking trails that lead toward the fire. Those trails are usually jammed with tourists over the Fathers Day Holiday weekend.
At last estimate, some 750 people have been evacuated from the area including many residents whose homes are threatened as well as visitors who had been staying in Brian Head. According to local authorities, fire crews are having the largest trouble containing the fire because of the steep terrain and the inaccessibility to the area by fire trucks. Most firefighters have to hike in with their gear.
Also fighting the blaze are fixed wing planes, helicopters and water tankers each filled with fire retardant water. Crews are hoping to be able to get the spreading fire somewhat contained today as more fire crews from Utah and neighboring states arrive to help battle the fire. So far no injuries have been reported. Authorities do believe the fire was the result of human error but have not explained yet what that cause actually was.
Photo from https://www.utahfireinfo.gov