US Crews battle wildfire that forced Utah ski town to evacuate

21:47  19 june  2017
21:47  19 june  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Utah blaze caused by torch used to kill weeds

  Utah blaze caused by torch used to kill weeds <p>A wildfire that destroyed one home and damaged another while forcing hundreds of people to evacuate a Utah ski town was started by somebody using a torch to kill weeds, Gov. Gary Herbert said Tuesday.</p>Herbert, who toured the fire-damaged area around Brian Head, tweeted that experts told him the weed torch was used in dry conditions. He urged people to be extra careful during hot, dry days.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Crews are continuing to fight a wildfire that shut down a highway and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from a ski town in southwestern Utah . Firefighters say the blaze near Brian Head has destroyed one home and damaged another

June 17 (UPI) -- A fast-moving wildfire officials said was sparked by human action forced officials to order a full evacuation of a Utah ski resort town . Town marshals in Brian Head, Utah , ordered the entire town evacuated as a wildfire that already engulfed 350 acres in just a few hours Saturday

Smoke rises between the trees as a wildfire burns along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head, Utah. Firefighters were hoping to have a blaze near a southwestern Utah ski town 10 percent contained by Sunday. Some 750 residents and visitors have been evacuated. No injuries have been reported.Leah Hogsten /The Salt Lake Tribune via AP): Smoke rises between the trees as a wildfire burns along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head, Utah. Firefighters were hoping to have a blaze near a southwestern Utah ski town 10 percent contained by Sunday. Some 750 residents and visitors have been evacuated. No injuries have been reported. Leah Hogsten /The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) © The Associated Press Smoke rises between the trees as a wildfire burns along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head, Utah. Firefighters were hoping to have a blaze near a southwestern Utah ski town 10 percent contained by Sunday. Some 750 residents and visitors have been evacuated. No injuries have been reported. Leah Hogsten /The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — Crews are battling a wildfire that shut down a highway and forced hundreds of people to flee a ski town in southwestern Utah.

Firefighters say the blaze near the town of Brian Head has destroyed one home and damaged another, with many more homes under threat from the fire that's torched roughly 1½ square miles (2 square kilometers).

About 750 people have been evacuated from the town and a 15-mile (24-kilometer) stretch of Highway 143 was closed.

Hot weather is expected to be a challenge for firefighters battling the human-caused blaze that grew exponentially over the weekend.

In New Mexico, residents have gone home and a highway that was forced to close through a popular mountain range is back open as firefighters mop up one blaze in the state.

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