Brian Head Fire Morning Update June 24
Editor’s note: The following update is brought to you by the Inter-agency Incident Information System.
Incident: Brian Head Fire Wildfire
Released: 10 a.m. MST
Brian Head Fire
A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered to assist Team 4 on the Brian Head Fire. Because of the size of the fire and the complex logistics of dealing with such a large area of impact, travel, and communications, the fire will be divided operationally. Team 4 will remain in Parowan and work on the west side of the fire, while the incoming team will base in Panguitch and assume command of the east side of the fire. The location of the command post in Panguitch has not yet been established.
Another Red Flag Warning has been issued to indicate extreme weather conditions that may lead to rapid fire growth. Continued hot, dry, and windy conditions have hampered firefighting efforts throughout the week. Unprecedented fire behavior has been observed. A weaker system will pass through the area Sunday; however, southwestern winds are expected to return on Monday.
The fire has not crossed Highway 143 at Mammoth Springs yet, but fire managers are anticipating the likelihood with the continued northwest winds. In the southwest corner, firefighters continue to search out hot spots to fully extinguish and secure the perimeter to allow Brian Head residents to return soon. The northwestern edge of the perimeter has shown minimal growth over the past couple days, primarily because the winds have been blowing the fire back into areas already burned. The northeastern corner of the fire was less active yesterday as well, and the perimeter there is reaching lighter fuels, such as grass and sage.
OPEN HOUSE – Members of the Incident Management Team, community leaders, and agency representatives will be on hand to provide an overview of fire suppression activities and answer questions.
WHEN: Saturday, 24 June, 2 – 3 PM
WHERE: Panguitch High School
CURRENT EVACUATIONS – Additional evacuations have been issue today. Panguitch Lake, Horse Valley, Beaver Dam, Castle Valley, Blue Springs, Rainbow Meadows, Mammoth Creek, Dry Lakes, Second Left Hand Canyon, and the town of Brian Head are all under evacuation by local law enforcement. Evacuees can contact the Red Cross for shelter information. Fire officials recommend familiarizing yourself with the Ready, Set, Go Program (http://wildlandfirersg.org/).
CLOSURES – Highway 143 is closed from the cemetery in Parowan to milepost 50 outside of Panguitch. Mammoth Creek Road is closed at the junction with Highway 143. The north side gate of 143/148 is closed. The Dixie National Forest has expanded its area closure. Please check your route before planning recreational activities. Maps and a thorough description of the closure area are posted at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5253/.
The Brian Head Fire started around midday Saturday, June 17, and grew very quickly through dense timber on lands administered by Brian Head Town, Iron County, in cooperation with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands. It has since burned on to lands managed by Dixie National Forest and Color Country District Bureau of Land Management. Cedar Breaks National Monument remains open, with access via Highway 14.
The arrival of an additional Incident Management Team will not change the online information resources. Continue to visit the following websites and social media sites for more updates:
Facebook: @UtahWildfire and @USFSDNF
Twitter: @UtahWildfire and @USFSDNF
Web: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5253/ and www.utahfireinfo.gov/