Brian Head Fire Update
Incident: Brianhead Fire Wildfire
Brian Head Fire
Monday, 19 June 2017
Contact Fire Information: 435.680.2405
Social Media: #BrianHeadFire
Facebook and Twitter: @UtahWildfire or @USFSDNF
Start Date: 06/17/17 @ 12:13pm
Size: 957 acres
Total Personnel: 364
A Type 2 Incident Management Team took over the Brian Head Fire this morning. Public and firefighter safety are always the top priority on wildland fires. The team’s objective is to minimize fire spread and prevent damage to structures, infrastructure, all facilities, and natural resources.
Aircraft are being used extensively to drop both water and fire retardant on the fire. On the ground, engines and crews are using roads and natural terrain features, such as meadows and ridges, to help contain the fire perimeter. Firefighters are using both direct and indirect tactics to contain the fire – direct tactics refer to working immediately adjacent to the fireline, while indirect actions occur further away, where firefighters can work more safely while taking advantage of terrain and other natural fuel breaks.
The weather is expected to remain dry and warm over the coming days, with a chance of thunderstorms later in the week. Winds should remain calm, which will aid firefighters in suppression of the fire.
CLOSURES – The community of Brian Head is still evacuated and will remain so until fire managers are sure the threat of fire impact is gone. Highway 143 remains closed from Parowan to the junction of Highway 148 near Cedar Breaks National Monument. The Dixie National Forest has issued a road and trail closure as well to prevent the public from entering the fire area. The closure includes: Marathon Trail #3224 from Forest Road 048 (Sidney Valley), Sidney Peaks Trail #3210, Mace’s Run Trail #3219, Dark Hollow Trail #3232, Hendricks Lake Trail #3249, and Forest Road 047 (Brian Head Peak Road).
The Brian Head Fire started around midday Saturday, June 17, and grew very quickly through dense timber. The cause is still under investigation. The fire is burning on lands managed by Utah Department of Natural Resources. Dixie National Forest lands have not been impacted but are threatened.