Utah Wildfire- Country’s Largest Active Fire Growing Larger


A wildfire is raging out of control in Southern Utah near the ski town of Brian Head and has consumed 49,000 acres according to Utah fire and emergency officials. This is the nation’s largest active wildfire.


The town website posted a warning on its front page: “The entire town of Brian Head is currently being evacuated until further notice due to a wildland fire. Please avoid coming toward Brian Head at this time.” Officials launched an investigation and said they suspect that the fire was human-caused.

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Some residents and town officials figured the whole town might be lost in the uncertain moments after the blaze broke out. Brian Head includes a few stores and hotels, and about 1,200 homes and cabins. It has about 100 full-time residents, Luke Ramseth at The Salt lake Tribune reports.

Brian Head is a popular destination for Las Vegas locals for skiing and summer hiking with around 1,500 people evacuated so far.


Hundreds of firefighter crews are battling 100-foot flames in some areas as winds from the southwest reached 30 miles per hour. About ten percent of the blaze has been contained so far. 13 homes have been destroyed, Fox News reports.

Utah fire officials have since announced an effort with interagency partners to help spread awareness on the impact human-caused fires can have. In a press release, the Wildland Fire Prevention and Education team says, “preliminary statistics to date for wildfire occurrence in Utah indicate human activities are responsible for approximately 91 percent of wildfires in 2017 which have burned approximately 73,000 acres.”

No injuries or fatalities have been reported, a sign that people in the area are following evacuation notices. High winds and intense dry temperatures are making it more likely that officials will see extreme fire behavior in the days ahead.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized federal funds Sunday to help Utah pay for battling the fire, which is burning on state and private land and is threatening homes, business and watershed areas.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.

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