The Brian Head Fire started on Saturday, June 17, and grew very quickly through dense timber on lands administered by Brian Head Town, Iron County, in cooperation with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands. It has since burned on to lands managed by Dixie National Forest and Color Country District Bureau of Land Management.
All of Highway 143 is now open and 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.
Sunday, the fire was again active on the northern flank in the Little Creek Peak area, burning through pockets of dense timber and downfall. Similar conditions are expected Monday for this area and may result in smoke columns. Firefighters will be reinforcing the completed dozer line in that area by removing surrounding brush that could threaten the line if ignited. Crews will be connecting these dozer lines into existing road systems to the north to create containment lines in anticipation of the fire’s movement in that direction.
Crews in the southern portion of the fire will continue to monitor, secure and mop-up any areas where heat still exists. Evaluation and removal of hazard trees along Highway 143 will continue Monday which may result in short delays on the road. Utility repair activities will continue in the Panguitch Lake area.
CURRENT EVACUATIONS – The following communities remain evacuated per local law enforcement: Upper Bear Valley, Horse Valley, Clear Creek, and Little Creek Ranch. All evacuations are being evaluated daily. Evacuees can contact the American Red Cross in Panguitch for shelter information.