Brian Head Fire in Utah Sparks Evacuations


Evacuation orders have been lifted and residents are returning after a wildfire on California's Central Coast.

On the resort's website, Burke Wilkerson, the Resort's Vice President and General Manager said that "most of the fire activity has occurred in the areas outside and north of Town, and due to the extraordinary efforts of fire fighters, Brian Head Resort, the Town of Brian Head and other local businesses have been unaffected by the fire".

Winds are expected to be coming out of the west at about 10 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. About ten percent of the blaze has been contained so far. Cities of Corona, Riverside, Palm Springs, and Hemet Fire Departments; City of Murrieta and Idyllwild Fire Protection Districts, March Reserve Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department and the Riverside County Emergency Management Department were helping the fire department, according to Valley News.

That blaze consumed almost 1.4 square miles (3.6 square kilometers) of brush and closed State Route 14. The flames are moving northeast, away from a subdivision, but they're still too close for comfort. Almost 1,000 firefighters battled a Utah wildfire that grew.

California fire officials issued evacuation warnings for some residents in Riverside County on Monday night after a vehicle crash ignited a 5,000-acre brush fire in a remote area located about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. Cal Fire officials said the cause of the brush fire was a single-car crash.

State officials say it could cost $20 million to get the fire under control. However, it doesn't seem to be growing.

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1,300 firefighters from multiple agencies were battling the blaze.

In Southern California, firefighters working in high temperatures are battling a wildfire in the Beaumont area of Riverside County about 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

Several small communities have been warned to be ready to evacuate. Those gusts are expected to resume again Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Containment reached 40 percent Tuesday.

Conditions on the Brian Head Fire are expected to remain hot, dry and windy through Wednesday.

In total, the fire, which was sparked by someone using a torch to burn weeds on June 17, has burned 13 homes and forced more than 1,500 people from their residences in southern Utah.