Crews battle wildfire that forced Utah ski town to evacuate


Flight paths of a Single Engine Air Tanker working the Brian Head Fire at 12:50 p.m. MDT June 18, 2017.

Brian Head includes about 1,200 homes and condos, along with a handful of hotels and stores around the ski resort.

By Monday morning, Fox 13 reported that the fire was still zero percent contained, and that the fire had grown to about 1000 acres.

A wildfire has forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from a ski town in southwestern Utah and a highway has been shut down as more than 100 firefighters battle the flames. The fire is burning on lands managed by Utah Department of Natural Resources.

The Brian Head Fire has burned at least one home in the town by the same name, which is 12 miles east of Cedar City, Utah.

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About 750 people have been evacuated from the town and a 15-mile (24-kilometer) stretch of Highway 143 was closed.

Hot weather was expected to be a challenge in the fight against the fire that ignited Saturday and grew exponentially over the weekend, though authorities say calm winds were expected to help.

Fire management teams say they are hopeful they can make some headway Monday.

In New Mexico, fire crews mopped up a blaze sparked by an abandoned campfire in the scorching Southwest heat.

A separate brush fire gave residents on the northwestern edge of one of the state's most populous cities a scare Sunday as it sent up a long line of smoke.