Fire Rages in Brian Head


By Holly Coombs
holly@ironcountytoday.com

BRIAN HEAD, UTAH –  With more than 700 people evacuated and more than 900 acres burned, local, state and federal agencies continue to fight and gain containment of a fire on the northeast end of Brian Head Town, which began midday Saturday afternoon that is believed to be human caused.

With zero percent containment as of press time, firefighters from local, state and federal agencies are still working diligently to suppress the Brian Head Fire, located near the town of Brian Head, according to the Brian Head Fire Department.

No injuries have been reported and as of press time, only one home has been reported lost. Multiple homes are still threatened as well as a critical watershed, according to the statement.

Highway 143 from Second Left Hand Canyon to the junction of Highway 148 near Cedar Breaks National Monument was closed early Friday and remains closed at press time.

The fire began Saturday afternoon, and was reported to have blazed to 50 acres and as law enforcement agencies investigate, by human cause is a possible, but not definite factor in the cause of the fire.

“Firefighter’s first priority is public and firefighter safety,” according to a statement from the Brian Head Fire Department. “They are working to protect structures and homes in the area. The town of Brian Head is under evacuation orders. 750 people have been evacuated so far.”

A GPS flight taken Sunday estimates the fire to be approximately 957 acres. The fire showed slow movement throughout the night.

“Aerial resources will be utilized today,” according to a Brian Head Fire Department statement. “Helicopters and planes will be dropping fire retardant near the fire perimeter to slow the progression of the fire.”

There is a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) in place over the fire area. Hand crews are beginning to engage with fire line construction where they safely can do so.

The fire is being managed by a Color Country Type 3 Incident Management Team.

With 357 personnel assigned including: (Air Attack)1 Type III Helicopter, 4 Type I Air Tankers, 1 VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker), 6 SEAT planes (Single Engine Air Tanker), and multiple overhead, fire crews continue to gain control.

A Great Basin Type 2 Team was on order and expected early Monday.

PHOTOS courtesy of Brian Head Fire

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