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Update on Brian Head Fire
As of 8 a.m. on July 5, 2017, the Brian Head Fire has burned 67,430 acres and is 75% contained. There are 1383 firefighters in 38 crews, with 11 helicopters, and 63 engines, still fighting the fire.
All of Highway 143 is now open. Panguitch Lake is open to all recreational activities. All other roads and residences within the fire perimeter are closed due to fire activity and utility work. Travelers to these areas should remain on the highway, drive slowly and be aware of possible emergency traffic.
Tuesday, firefighters made good progress on the northern flank of the fire where the majority of uncontained line is located. Firefighters continued the aerial burn-out operations in the vicinity of Little Creek Peak to reduce the amount of fuel at the head of the fire. Approximately 700 acres were treated. These burnouts will allow firefighters to directly suppress the head of the fire in places, instead of using roads and dozer lines as containment lines. If weather conditions allow, aerial and burn-out operations may occur again Wednesday to further reduce the fuel load in front of the fire.
Crews in the southern portion of the fire will continue to monitor, secure and mop-up any areas where heat still exists, to reduce the threats to containment lines. They will also continue to repair and rehabilitate areas of the fire impacted by suppression actions. Evaluation of hazard trees along Highway 143 will continue, and removal of selected trees has begun. This may result in short delays on the road. Utility repair activities will continue in the Panguitch Lake area.
Sunday was the final shift for the Type 2 Incident Management Team, which has been based out of Parowan since June 17. Team members returned to their home units across Nevada, Idaho and Utah. On behalf of the team and all those who have been working on the Brian Head Fire since it began, Incident Commander Tim Roide expressed his appreciation for the support the team has received from the communities affected by the fire.
The following communities remain evacuated per local law enforcement: Bear Valley, Horse Valley, Clear Creek, Little Creek Ranch, Red Creek, Second Left Hand Canyon, Co-op Valley, Castle Valley, Little Valley and Tebbs Ranch. All evacuations are being evaluated daily. Evacuees can contact the American Red Cross in Panguitch for shelter information
Five Mile and Three Mile Roads are closed due to fire activity. The Dixie National Forest has an area closure on lands north of Highway 143. Please check your route before planning recreational activities. Anyone violating these closures may be cited. Maps of the closure area are posted at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5253/.