Brian Head wildfire evacuations lifted

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[UPDATE 7/11]

Overnight the fire burned only 73 more acres. It is 85% contained. All evacuations have been lifted.

[UPDATE 7/10]

Fire acreage remains the same. Still 80% contained.

[UPDATE 7/8]

The fire is 80% contained and it has burned 71,600 acres. 787 crews are working to put out the fire. 

[UPDATE 7/5]

The fire is 75% contained and 68,407 acres today. 

[UPDATE 7/4]

The fire is 70% contained and has reached 67,430 acres. The following communities remain evacuated per local law enforcement:  Bear Valley, Horse Valley, Clear Creek (Iron County portion), Little Creek Ranch, Red Creek, Second Left Had Canyon, Co-op Valley, Castle Valley, Little Valley and Tebbs Ranch.  All evacuations are being evaluated daily.  Evacuees can contact the American Red Cross in Panguitch for shelter information.

[UPDATE 6/29]

Officials say the community of Brian Head and Dry Lakes will be allowed back into their homes tomorrow. Today, evacuations have be lifted in Panguitch Lake and Mammoth Creek. Fire has reached 58,318 acres.

[UPDATE 6/28]

Fire has scorched more than 54,000 acres and is 15% contained.

[UPDATE 6/27]

The fire grew to 49,626 acres and dropped from 10% containment to 9% containment.

[UPDATE 6/26]

New evacuations in place in the Upper Bear Valley due to forecasted winds. Fire is at 10% containment and has burned 43,436 acres.

[UPDATE 6/25] 

The fire in Brian Head grew to 42,800 acres as of this morning it is 8% contained. 

UPDATE 6/24]

The blaze burned 37,560 acres and is 5% contained. There’s a red flag warning indicating extreme weather conditions that could strengthen the fire. 

Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered to assist in keeping the blaze away from Panguitch Lake. 

There will be a meeting today at 2 pm at Panguitch High School where the Incident Management Team, community members, and agency representatives will be available to the community to answer questions. 

[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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