Brian Head fire almost 50,000 acres, 9 percent contained; evacuations in effect

Posted at 10:00 AM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 18:29:04-04

BRIAN HEAD, Utah - A Red Flag Warning is in effect for parts of southern Utah and the area near the Brian Head fire Tuesday and are expected through Wednesday.

Officials said the blaze has grown to 49,626 acres and is only 9 percent contained.

The Department of Transportation and local utility companies are working in Parowan Canyon Tuesday.

They are assessing damage and making infrastructure repairs to ensure the roadway is safe and all utilities are operational for the residents of Brian Head in anticipation of reoccupying the town in the near future.

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The following communities remain evacuated per local law enforcement:

  • Upper Bear Valley
  • Panguitch Lake
  • Horse Valley
  • Beaver Dam
  • Castle Valley
  • Blue Springs
  • Rainbow Meadows
  • Mammoth Creek
  • Dry Lakes
  • Second Left Hand Canyon
  • Brian Head

Evacuees can contact the Red Cross for shelter information.

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.

Officials suggest checking your route before planning recreational activities.

Click here to see maps of closed areas.