Wildfire threatens Utah ski resort town of Brian Head

A wildfire that was believed to be caused by humans on Saturday has forced the entire ski resort town of Brian Head, Utah, in Dixie National Forest to be evacuated, per Fox 13.

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, around 750 residents and visitors in the town of Brian Head were evacuated over the weekend due to the quickly spreading wildfire.

The Tribune reports that at least one home has been destroyed in the blaze, while another has sustained damage. Fire officials told the newspaper that there were around 100 additional homes in the town that they were worried about.

While the Tribune reported that the fire was man-made, the specifics on what sparked the blaze are still under investigation. The fire spread rapidly after it started on Saturday, fueled by the heavy timber in the remote southern Utah town.

By Monday morning, Fox 13 reported that the fire was still zero percent contained, and that the fire had grown to about 1,000 acres.

“Pretty much this whole town is threatened,” Dixie National Forest spokesman Bode Mecham told the Tribune on Saturday night.

On its Facebook page, Brian Head Resort is continuing to tell visitors to avoid the area.

Per OnTheSnow, Brian Head Resort is home to the highest base elevation for any ski area in Utah, at 9,600 feet, and is popular due to its proximity to Las Vegas. The resort offers 650 acres of skiable terrain, 1,700 feet of vertical and eight lifts that service 71 trails. It averages 400 inches of annual snowfall.

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