Firefighters Set Containment Goal For Blaze Near Brian Head

Brian Head fire as seen from Parowan Iron County Utah

Brian Head fire as seen from Parowan Iron County Utah

Town marshals in Brian Head, Utah, ordered the entire town evacuated as a wildfire that already engulfed 350 acres in just a few hours Saturday afternoon approached populated areas.

While still under investigation as of Monday, June 19, the fire is 0% contained. The fire destroyed one home and damaged another. Nine hundred fifty seven acres (one acre equivalent to a football field) have burned, and 750 people have been evacuated. Multiple homes are threatened, as well as a critical watershed.

A Brian Head town emergency notice said there was no estimate on when or how the fire would be contained.

The fire was originally managed by a Color County Type 2 Incident Management team. "Firefighter safety and public safety is always our No. 1 priority".

Ground crews are building firelines around the edges of the blaze while aircraft drop fire retardant near the perimeter to slow its growth. However, she said crews expect hot and dry conditions that won't give them much help in suppressing the fire.

The Brian Head Fire Marshal's office is escorting some residents back to their homes Sunday morning for "urgent items" only as a wildfire threatens the Beaver County resort town.

The fire has shut down Highway 143 in Parowan Canyon indefinitely. The Forest Service has issued road and trail closures as well.

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