Utah evacuees watched flames draw closer, smoke get thicker

The local county sheriff in Garfield began urgent evacuations of three localities on Wednesday evening-Clear Creek, Beaver Dam, and Horse Valley-which all lie northeast of Brian Head.

A wildfire near a southern Utah ski town has forced the evacuations of 400 more homes after the fire doubled in size amid high winds, authorities said Thursday.

An extreme heat wave in the Southwest U.S.is making the fight against a series of wildfires more hard Wednesday, including one that has destroyed at least four homes in an Arizona town known for its wineries, authorities said.

The Red Cross has established Family Assistance Center for evacuees at Panguitch High School.

Mammoth Springs was the most recent town to be evacuated on Friday. According to the National Park Service, a Type 1 Team typically has the most training and experience in fighting wildfires. "The Type 2 team will remain in Parowan, and the Type 1 team will be based at the Triple C Arena in Panguitch", according to a prepared statement by the Brian Head Fire Information Team.

The fire covered 3,000 acres on Wednesday.

Firefighters quickly responded and minimized the spread of these fires.

Crews are conducting point protection at the townsites and remote homes throughout the fire area as the protection of life and property remains of utmost importance to fire managers.

Eid al-Fitr: What you need to know
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE have celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday to mark the culmination of fasting and holy month of Ramzan. Many diplomatic posts overseas also host events during the Ramadan month of fasting and prayer.

Resources assigned to the fire include 29 hand crews, 41 engines, 10 helicopters, a variable number of air tankers, and a total of 996 personnel.

Winds are expected to be calmer Sunday, though still from the west/northwest.

State forestry officials said six structures were destroyed but didn't know how many were homes.

Closures - Highway 143 is closed from the cemetery in Parowan to milepost 50 outside of Panguitch.

Gov. Gary Herbert said the cause of the blaze was likely a weed torch used in dry conditions and said residents should be more vigilant during the hot, summer months.

With the hot, dry conditions persisting, forest officials imposed fire restrictions in hopes of limiting human-caused fires. It has since burned onto lands managed by Dixie National Forest and Color Country District Bureau of Land Management.

Smoke continues to impact the valleys and surrounding areas, and the effects of smoke have been reported in neighboring states as well.

Those who may be sensitive, particularly young children and the elderly, should consult with their health care provider and limit exertion outdoors. "Weather has not been on our side with the south-westerly winds", said Erin Darboven, Brian Head Fire spokesperson.

Related News:

  • Socceroos chasing win against Chile after Cameroon draw in Confed Cup

    Socceroos chasing win against Chile after Cameroon draw in Confed Cup

    Tomi Juric endured a tough night at the office, unable to hold the ball up well enough in the first period. Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, Australia's Tim Cahill and Cameroon's Adolphe Teikeu contest the ball.

    Breaking with tradition, Trump White House forgoes Ramadan dinner

    Prayer filled the air in West Springfield Sunday, as thousands of Muslims marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan . EID is intended for Muslims to celebrate the relinquishing of transgressions and to be blessed abundantly by Allah.

    Fresh clashes in Darjeeling between police & GJM protesters

    An injured cop being taken to hospital following clashes between secuity forces and GJM supporters in Darjeeling on Saturday. But the GJM persisted with its agitation, and then called a shutdown, which has emptied the hills of tourists.
  • Martin Rodriguez goal earns Chile Confederations Cup semi-final against Portugal

    If history is any indicator of things to come, Australia's 1-4-1 record against Chile is a reflection of tomorrow's outcome. Cameroon , who lost to Chile and drew with Australia in their previous group games, squandered most of their possession.

    Sailing-New Zealand reach match point against US in America's Cup

    That result gave Spithill his 14th America's Cup finals victory, tying him with Sir Russell Coutts for the most wins. The lead changed hands twice on the second leg, with the US reaching the third mark in front.

    Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Vettel penalised

    Stroll is the first Canadian to finish on an F1 podium since Jacques Villeneuve finished third at the German Grand Prix in 2001. Daniel Ricciardo won the Azerbaijan GP as title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton could only finish fourth and fifth.
  • 2 troubled Italian banks failing, to face insolvency

    Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. In the evening, the European Commission said in a statement from Brussels approved the measures taken by Italy.
    Proteas beat England in thriller to level T20 series

    Proteas beat England in thriller to level T20 series

    Both camps were keen to reject the notion that the manner of South Africa's victory in Taunton has set up a Cardiff grudge match. In hindsight, it may have been wiser for the more experienced Morgan to have come in once Jonny Bairstow was dismissed.
    Israel freezes plan for mixed prayer at Western Wall

    Israel freezes plan for mixed prayer at Western Wall

    The decision "delegitimizes the overwhelming majority of Jews on the planet", Jacobs said. Women are not permitted to read aloud from the Torah, wear prayer shawls or sing there.
  • Manslaughter charges considered in Grenfell fire inquiry

    Detective Superintendent McCormack added: "We will examine the construction of the building including the refurbishment". Police have searched the tower from top to bottom but she said a forensics test might not completed until next year.
    North Korea calls itself 'biggest victim' in death of Otto Warmbier

    North Korea calls itself 'biggest victim' in death of Otto Warmbier

    But Rodman's agent told ABC News said he asked for Warmbier's release on behalf of the former athlete three times before the trip. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is upset with Dennis over his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
    Options for Supreme Court on Trump travel ban

    Options for Supreme Court on Trump travel ban

    The 1995 transfer of the second lot brought the two lots under common ownership and merged them, court records show. The decision did not provide the clear guidance many in the development industry had hoped it would.


Most liked

North Korea dares again, conducts another rocket engine test
The Obama administration pushed for many sanctions against North Korea in the past years. North Korean missile tests present a hard challenge for Moon.

Trump says GOP isn't 'that far off' from passing health overhaul
On the other end, it would impose longer-term austerity on health spending to appeal to conservatives. On Twitter this weekend, Trump urged the dissenting Republican senators to get behind the bill.

Azerbaijan GP: Lauda slams 'crazy' Vettel for 'freaking out' in Hamilton spat
Lewis Hamilton , who had started the race in pole position, failed to secure a podium position - finishing the race in fifth. Stewards allowed Jolyon Palmer of the Renault F1 team to participate in the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix .

Azerbaijan GP: Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton clash as Daniel Ricciardo wins
Ocon finished a credible sixth while Fernando Alonso placed ninth to secure McLaren's first points of a frustrating season. Vettel was given a 10-second stop-go penalty, but Hamilton lost valuable time changing a loose headrest at the same time.

The Xbox One X's Problem Isn't the Price, it's the Console
Much like Sony's release of the PS4 Pro , Microsoft's Xbox One X is an upgrade to their most popular game console, the Xbox One . When Head of Xbox Phil Spencer was asked by the press whether the tech giant was making money, the man simply answered "No".

Labour election candidate reacts to Queen's Speech
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn denounced the speech, arguing that May had delivered a "threadbare" program devoid of new ideas. The speech is a list of laws that the British government plans to bring forward in the coming year.

Sebastian Vettel "disgraced himself", says furious Lewis Hamilton
Unable to clip it back in fully, Hamilton was left to manage as best he could to keep the head protection in place. The vehicle is behaving well once we get the tyres working but it was not easy.

Iran's president condemns 'siege' of Qatar by Arab nations
They have also closed their airspace to Qatari carriers and blocked the emirate's only land border - vital for its food imports. Iran has called the Saudi-led economic siege of Qatar unacceptable and has called for dialogue to solve the diplomatic crisis.

Istanbul Pride march to go on despite governor's ban
The following year, authorities banned parades in a surprise move citing public order and dispersed the crowds. The same alt-right group who threatened this year's march said they would "intervene" if the march too place.

Barbie's boyfriend Ken has just had a major makeover
Last year Mattel introduced three new body types for Barbie: tall, curvy and petite in addition to new skin tones and hairstyles. According to Barbie history, Ken and Barbie met on the set of a TV commercial in 1961 and have been inseparable ever since.

Trump accuses Clinton of colluding with Democrats to defeat 'Crazy Bernie Sanders'
Is a presidential candidate allowed to collude with her own political party? Clinton , he charged, had colluded with the Democratic Party to defeat Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary race.

Golf roundup: Daniel Berger repeats as St. Jude Classic champion
It was a further stroke back to two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa and Chez Reavie . Berger played a bogey-free round on Sunday, avoiding trouble on a fast, firm course at TPC Southwind.

Chile into semis after draw with profligate Australia
The best chance of a tight first-half fell to Germany's Joshua Kimmich as he headed wide from six yards with the goal gaping. Cameroon, who lost to Chile and drew with Australia in their previous group games, squandered most of their possession.

The FBI found the Virginia shooter's storage unit, and discovered something chilling
Hodgkinson had a list of six members of Congress on him, Slater said, but there was no indication that he meant to target them. He'd told a family member he was traveling to Washington without providing any additional information, said Slater.

Sebastian Vettel three penalty points off a race ban
Sebastian Vettel insists that the stop-and-go penalty applied to him in Baku after his swerved at Lewis Hamilton was too harsh. Drivers were advised to go through the pit lane as the marshals cleared the debris from Raikkonen's auto .