Utah officials release 911 calls on wildfire

Posted June 30, 2017

That fire has now burned 67 square miles and forced the evacuation of 1,500 residents in 13 communities. Voluntary evacuations are in place in the area. Officials are not immediately sure how many are homes.

Residents and visitors returning to the burned areas will likely see smoke coming from the interior of the fire where heavily timbered areas may continue to smolder. The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has forecast winds from 9-14 miles per hour increasing to 17-22 miles per hour in the afternoon.

Wednesday's fire growth was primarily in the northwest corner of the fire perimeter.

An additional dozer line was constructed along the northeast corner. "It was challenging due to the fact it was far off the road, so trying to get the hose around the area- it was challenging, and it was brushy", said Franny Adams, Sierra National Forest.

Firefighters in Washington State were battling three fires near Wenatchee that had grown to about 37 square miles (95 square km). "The truth is that climate change, drought, historic fire suppression and wind all play roles in the severity of fires".

St. George and Utah's Dixie looked for 103 degrees on Friday, an encore of Thursday's sunny, breezy forecast. According to Denver meteorologist Ed Greene, "fire danger is very high with gusty winds and low humidity".

The fire is being managed by a Color Country Type 3 Incident Management Team. Firefighting crews from Idaho and Nevada have also been called in to help. The fire started on Saturday and fire officials are still investigating what ignited it.

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Ms Powell said she and her sister helped grab family heirlooms, pictures and important documents last Thursday when her grandparents had to evacuate at short notice.

Officials called for the indefinite closure of both directions of travel on Lamb Canyon (SR-79N) between Gilman Springs and the city of Beaumont.

Current evacuations - Upper Bear Valley is under evacuation as of this morning.

KUTV reported that a few Utah families were allowed back to their homes near the resort town of Brian Head to survey damage and retrieve essential items, but most were left waiting and wondering when they would be able to come home. Evacuees can contact the Red Cross for shelter information. Which areas have been affected?

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

Barbara Rice lives in Prescott, just off Highway 69, which was recently closed when the fire crossed it.