Brian Head Fire: Red Flag Warning in Effect
Incident: Brian Head Fire Wildfire
Released: 9 a.m.
Brian Head Fire
Monday, 26 June 2017
Red Flag Warning
Contact Fire Information: 435.477.0131 / 435.680.2405
Start Date 6/17/17
Size 43,436 acres
Percent Containment 10%
Total Personnel 1,140
A Red Flag warning is in effect for today, indicating that weather conditions may lead to rapid fire growth. Strong southwest winds return to the area, causing concern for fire managers on the northern perimeter of the fire. Yesterday, a dozer constructed indirect fireline, away from the current fire perimeter, across Horse Valley. Airtankers dropped retardant immediately adjacent to the dozerline with the intent that the retardant should minimize the ability of embers to start spot fires across the dozerline.
Additional dozerline was constructed along the northeast corner. Due to the lighter fuels in that area, managers are optimistic that they will be able to contain that section of the fireline. Crews will continue to secure the southern perimeter of the fire to slow its progression toward Mammoth Creek. They will also be scouting out ahead of the fire to the north and south to be prepared if the fire activity picks up and moves the fire in those directions.
Kim Martin’s Type 1 Incident Management Team is now overseeing fire suppression on the eastern side of the Brian Head Fire from Panguitch. Tim Roide’s Type 2 Team remains in command of the western side of the fire from Parowan.
The two teams will coordinate closely to ensure the safety of the public and the firefighters.
CURRENT EVACUATIONS – Upper Bear Valley is under evacuation as of this morning due to the forecasted winds. The following communities remain evacuated per local law enforcement: 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. Evacuees can contact the Red Cross for shelter information. If you live in an area affected by wildland fires, 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 to include Forest lands north of Highway 14. Please check your route before planning recreational activities. Maps 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.
Continue to visit the following websites and social media sites for more information:
Facebook: @UtahWildfire and @USFSDNF
Twitter: @UtahWildfire and @USFSDNF
Web: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5253/ and www.utahfireinfo.gov/