Brian Head fire nears full containment, Great Basin crew works final day

By Holly Coombs

Monday marked the final day for the Great Basin Incident Management Team 7 to work the Brian Head wild fire as it stood at 71,673 acres and contained at 95 percent that morning.

With 355 personnel working the fire, which began June 17, a month later, the fire has been turned over to local units in hopes that the final five percent of the fire left for containment will come.

As the fires burns in the Panguitch Lake area, the crews continue to work as of Monday press time.

“Crews will continue to monitor smokes and remove hazards,” a Brian Head Fire Department update said.  “The public will continue to see smoke coming out of the interior but there should be no reason to worry.  Also dust devils will appear that look similar to smoke.”
 Air quality in the area is coming out good and recreation opportunities are available and open. Come and support local businesses that have been impacted by the fire. 

All evacuations have been lifted by the Garfield and Iron County Sheriffs. A Dixie National Forest closure is still in effect, the Dixie National Forest has opened south Panguitch Lake, North Panguitch Lake and White Bridge, according to the update.

FIRE PHOTOS courtesy of Brian Head Fire Department

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