Prevailing Winds Feed Brian Head Fire
Nine more residences, six more outbuildings lost.
Editor’s note: The following is one of many regular updates reported by the Interagency Incident Information System. The Brian Head, UT June 2017 wildfire poses an ever-changing threat to the people of Southern Utah. This section is intended to help you state up to date with the most recent information available.
Incident: Brian Head Fire Wildfire
Released: 1 p.m., June 23, 2017
For the third day in a row, extreme weather conditions caused significant growth on the Brian Head Fire. Prevailing winds pushed the fire northeast, as they have over the previous days. Late in the afternoon, the anticipated shift in winds caused more southeasterly growth. The fire spread down Clear Creek, and nine additional residences and six outbuildings were lost. This brings the total number of structures lost to 13 residences and eight outbuildings. A Red Flag Warning for is in effect for today and expected for tomorrow also.
Additional resources continue to arrive on the fire. To meet the demands of a very challenging incident, the Incident Management Team continues to bring in additional experienced fire managers. This staff builds the operational plan to best deploy resources and meet the objectives of safety, property protection, and ultimate containment of the fire.
As smoke impacts communities, those with sensitives should consult their health care physician for advice, limit time spend outdoors, and avoid over-exertion. Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible.
CURRENT EVACUATIONS – Additional evacuations have been issue today. Panguitch Lake, Horse Valley, Beaver Dam, 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; however, Cedar Breaks National Monument is open with access via Highway 14. 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 aroundmidday 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.
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/