Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Brian Head prepares for Friday reopening as fire crews make progress

Brian Head prepares for Friday reopening as fire crews make progress

As for the wildfires in California, about 10 percent of the blaze scorching up Riverside County-80 miles from Los Angeles-has been contained, according to local reports.

Authorities said that fire was likely caused by a weed torch.

On California's Central Coast, evacuation orders remain in place for sparsely populated rural areas of San Luis Obispo County east of the town of Santa Margarita due to a almost 2-square-mile (5 sq. kilometer) fire. Fire crews are battling dry, windy conditions and what officials say is a "high potential" for extreme fire behaviour.

Mike Noel on Monday linked the huge Brian Head fire that scorched some 54,000 acres to a lack of logging in state forests, and said poor land management policies had only helped the wildfire spread. Hand crews are beginning to engage with fire line construction where they safely can do so.

On Wednesday, some of the 911 calls placed to emergency dispatchers reporting the start of the fire were released. The fire's 10 percent contained and has destroyed more than a dozen cabins and other structures.

Wildfires already have caused far more destruction than usual in the first half of 2017, meteorologist Haley Brink of the CNN Weather Center said. The calls paint a picture of the Brian Head Fire's early moments before it became the largest in the nation, consuming almost 85 square miles and torching 13 homes.

The Arizona Republic reported that another unauthorised drone was spotted on Sunday, temporarily halting aerial efforts to put out a fire northwest of Flagstaff that is 88% contained.

A fast-moving brush fire burning south Beaumont has grown from 1,200 acres Monday to about 5,000 acres as of Tuesday morning.

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"More than anything, we want to remind citizens to please, please, please be careful", he said.

The total burned acres in Utah is already 72 percent of the total of burned acres for all of a year ago, according to the Great Basin Coordination Center.

Highway 143 is closed from the cemetery in Parowan to Brian Head and from the junction of 148/143 to Panguitch Lake.

"There will be uncertainty until you get up there and walk through it", said Ms Powell, 32, who lives about one hour away in Cedar City.

That fire was sparked yesterday by a auto crash.

The Utah firefighters could face more challenges on Monday because the National Weather Service warned of critical fire weather conditions with gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidity.

CBS News spoke to residents in the area about the fire.

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