Weaker winds help crews fight Brian Head fire


Firefighters work at Brian Head on Monday, June 19, 2017.

BRIAN HEAD, Iron County — Winds died down Monday, giving firefighters hope they could gain ground against a blaze that overtook one home and continued to threaten others in mountain resort town.

“Weather is on our side today,” said Erin Darboven, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Land Management’s West Desert District.

The milder gusts made it easier for helicopters to drop fire retardant over burning pines near Brian Head, Darboven said. Crews also were on foot with chain saws and hoses.

Despite the improved outlook, evacuations Monday remained in place for roughly 750 visitors and residents. Crews helped some people back into town to pick up medications and luggage, Darboven said.

In addition to the gutted home, three cabins were damaged in the village that is a five-minute drive from Cedar Breaks National Monument’s sweeping vistas and sandstone cliffs.

The fire, which reached 969 acres Monday, was “still very active” with zero containment. None of the 360 firefighters working on the ground or by air were injured, Darboven said.

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