Crews continue to fight wildfire that forced town evacuation

SALT LAKE CITY — Crews are continuing to fight a wildfire that shut down a highway and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from a ski town in southwestern Utah.

Firefighters say the blaze near Brian Head has destroyed one home and damaged another, with many more homes under threat from the fire that’s torched nearly 1,000 acres. About 750 people have been evacuated from the town of Brian Head, and Highway 143 was closed from Second Left Hand Canyon to Highway 148 near Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Hot weather is expected to be a challenge for firefighters battling the human-caused blaze that grew exponentially over the weekend.

Ground crews are building firelines around the edges of the blaze while aircraft drop fire retardant near the perimeter to slow its growth.


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