Crews continue to fight wildfire that forced town evacuation

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

Flight paths of a Single Engine Air Tanker working the Brian Head Fire at 12:50 p.m. MDT June 18, 2017. The coolish temperatures are due to the altitude - 8,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level in the fire area, which is about 4,000 feet higher than Cedar City.

Early Monday, the fire remained 0 percent contained, but the new team hopes to make progress despite a challenge from the weather, Burton said. "Firefighter safety and public safety is always our No. 1 priority". However, she said crews expect hot and dry conditions that won't give them much help in suppressing the fire. So far, there have been no reports of injuries fighting the fire. As of Saturday evening the fire had burned about 957 acres on the north side of the town near the Dixie National Forest.

Utah wildlife officials said the fire was the result of human action, but did not say specifically how it started. That fire near Rio Rancho, an Albuquerque suburb, is more than halfway contained, but authorities have yet to determine its cause. (Note: one acre is equivalent to one football field) and the cause is under investigation.

The Brian Head Fire Marshal's office is escorting some residents back to their homes Sunday morning for "urgent items" only as a wildfire threatens the Beaver County resort town.

This article will be updated as more information is received.

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