At least 13 homes and eight outbuildings have been destroyed in the ski town, which sits near the Dixie National Forest in the southern part of the state.
About 175 people have been briefly allowed back to their homes near Panguitch Lake since Sunday under escort, said Denise Dastrup, from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Which areas have been affected?
In Utah, firefighters hope Wednesday to douse areas with intense blazes at the Utah fire’s southern end so residents can return to homes in the town of Brian Head. The blaze has since spread about 20 miles east, near Panguitch Lake, according to the Associated Press.
“High temperatures, low humidity, and southwesterly winds are expected to continue throughout the week”, fire officials said in their daily morning report on Tuesday.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze has grown to 1,200 acres and there’s zero containment.
The Utah forestry agency said winds, including 30 miles per hour gusts that fanned 100-foot flame lengths, increased overall fire activity on Monday.
Officials say that fire crews are expected to face dry, windy conditions Tuesday and a “high potential” for extreme fire behavior.
Another large blaze in Arizona dubbed the Frye Fire has charred almost 40,000 acres since it was sparked by lightning on June 7 near Mount Graham, but it was more than 40 percent contained by Tuesday, authorities said. Investigators said they know who the culprit is, but they haven’t yet released the person’s identity or what charges will be filed.
The fire, which authorities referred to as Manzanita Fire, shut down Highway 79 for most of the evening and prompted evacuation warnings for residents on multiple roads. A traffic accident sparked another fire on a remote stretch of highway 100 kilometres east of Los Angeles. Cal Fire officials said the cause of the brush fire was a single-car crash. On the resort’s website, Burke Wilkerson, the Resort’s Vice President and General Manager said that “most of the fire activity has occurred in the areas outside and north of Town, and due to the extraordinary efforts of fire fighters, Brian Head Resort, the Town of Brian Head and other local businesses have been unaffected by the fire”. John Cammack was left with severe burns after falling from a fire engine when the winds shifted and the flames changed direction.
In Arizona, firefighters had to ground aircraft after they spotted drones being flown near the fire, Bureau of Land Management spokesman Dennis Godfrey said.