Brian Head Fire: The aftermath begins

Officials warn of flash flood dangers near the burn scar

[UPDATED 7/16]

The Brian Head is 95% contained and it's 71,673 acres large. 

[STORY AS OF 7/14]

PANGUITCH, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- Crews have been fighting a wildfire burning in southern Utah for weeks now.

The nearly 72,000 acre fire is almost contained (as of Friday it was 85% contained), but the healing process is only just beginning and the danger is still very real.

Recently, the Garfield County Sheriff took a ride around the Panguitch Lake area to assess the damage. What he found was heartbreaking. (see post below)

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is in the area assessing post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on national forest land. BAER will work to re-seed the area and remove safety hazards.

Flash flood dangers

The loss of vegetation and increased water runoff may lead to flooding.

A special note from officials: Everyone near and downstream from the Brian Head Fire burned area should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the burn scar. Flash flooding may occur quickly during heavy rain events. 

A portable weather station was installed in the area so the National Weather Service can monitor the area for flash floods.

Click here to monitor current weather conditions.

The Brian Head fire has been burning since June 17. Officials say a man allegedly burning weeds in dry conditions sparked the blaze. More than a dozen structures were destroyed and more than 1,500 people were evacuated. 


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