Hundreds Evacuated as a Wild Fire Nears Brian Head
Utah State Police and local authorities near the community of Brian Head now say as many as 1,000 people have been evacuated from the area as a wild fire continues to grow near the mountain resort.
According to authorities nearly 750 acres have now been burning and so far there is no sign the fire is contained. The fire has already closed down highway 143 in Parowan Canyon, the main road that leads to Brian Head. Fire Crews from Utah and Arizona are now said to be on the scene along with air support. At least one home has been destroyed.
So far no cause has been determined but authorities believe it started as the result of human error. The fire first broke out Saturday afternoon and raced through the heavily wooded area near Brian Head. Firefighters are said to be taking a defense position trying to protect about 100 homes now in the direct line of the fire.
Evacuees from the fire were sent out of the area through Cedar Breaks National Monument. About 150 firefighters are now said to be fighting the fire along with three helicopters and numerous air tankers.