Brian Head wildfire destroys home, damages another

FEMA authorizes federal funds to help with costs

[UPDATE 6/23]

The fire grew more than 10,000 acres overnight. Officials say it is now at 27,744 acres. Evacuations for Mammoth Springs have been ordered.

[UPDATE 6/22]

Officials say the Brian Head Fire continue to grow Thursday. As of 8:45 p.m., the than 17,000 acres thanks to strong winds. Evacuations for Brian Head, Clear Creek, Horse Valley, and Beaver Dam remain in place.

 

Incident Commander, Tim Roide, said this extreme fire behavior is "unprecedented".

[UPDATE 6/21]

Wednesday evening crews confirmed the fire had grown to 5,000 acres and remains at 15% containment. Evacuations have been issued for Clear Creek, Beaver Dam and Horse Valley areas. The Utah Red Cross is assisting the evacuees. 

 

BRIAN HEAD, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- The entire town of Brian Head was evacuated over the weekend due to a wildfire that sparked Saturday afternoon.

So far the fire has burned nearly 1,000 acres and is 0% contained. Officials say the fire destroyed one home and damaged another. Multiple structures and the Parowan Valley watershed are threatened. 

FEMA has authorized federal funds to help with to costs of fighting the fire.

Highway 143 remains closed at the base of Parowan Canyon to the the junction of Highway 148 near Cedar Breaks National Monument Several other trails and roads in the area are also closed due to their proximity to the fire.

On Sunday, residents in need of their medicines or other "urgent" items were escorted back to their homes to retrieve those items

Officials confirmed Tuesday the fire started after someone was using a weed torch in dry conditions.

Brian Head Ski Resort hasn't been threatened by the fire. 

There are no injuries to report. 

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This page will update with more information as details become available. 


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