FIRE UPDATE – Firefighters continued burnout operations yesterday on the northern flank of the fire, where most of the remaining fire activity exists. Mid-morning thunderstorms occurred over the area increasing fire behavior from the outflow winds. These winds decreased the effectiveness of aerial burnout operations causing crews to switch to hand ignitions to ensure that containment lines were not threatened. The burnouts will allow firefighters to directly suppress the head of the fire, increasing firefighter safety in the steep and difficult terrain. Burnout operations will occur again today as weather and fuel conditions allow. These burnouts may result in an increase in smoke which may be visible from local communities.
Crews in the southern portion of the fire will continue to monitor, secure and mop-up any areas where heat still exists, to reduce the threats to containment lines. They will also continue to repair and rehabilitate areas of the fire impacted by suppression actions. Removal of hazard trees along Highway 143 will continue, which may result in short delays on the road. Crews will also be removing hose, pumps and other equipment from areas of the fire that no longer pose threats to containment lines.
A BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) Team has begun assessing post-fire conditions and recommend preventative treatments and emergency rehabilitation of the burned over areas. The team will gather information to evaluate potential threats to human life and safety, property, natural resources and cultural and heritage resources associated with post fire conditions.
Tomorrow at 6 a.m. command of the fire will transition from Great Basin Team 2 (Martin) to Great Basin Team 7 (DeMasters). Team 2 would like to thank everyone for their support and cooperation during our stay.
CURRENT EVACUATIONS – The following communities remain evacuated per local law enforcement: Bear Valley, Horse Valley, Clear Creek (Iron County portion is voluntary), Little Creek Ranch, Red Creek, Second Left Hand Canyon, Co-op Valley, and Little Valley. All evacuations are being evaluated daily. Evacuees can contact the American Red Cross in Panguitch Lake for more information.
CLOSURES – Five Mile and Three Mile Roads are closed due to fire activity. The Dixie National Forest has an area closure on lands north of Highway 143.
BACKGROUND–The Brianhead Fire started on Saturday, June 17, and grew very quickly through dense timber on lands administered by Brian Head Town, Iron County, in cooperation with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands. It has since burned on to lands managed by Dixie National Forest and Color Country District Bureau of Land Management.
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