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Winds Push Brian Head Fire To Nearly 50,000 Acres

The Brian Head Fire continues to rage Tuesday, as the winds Monday made the large blaze expand to nearly 50,000 acres Tuesday morning.

Over the weekend the fire destroyed 21 buildings, but as of now, no new structural losses have been reported.

About 1,500 people have been evacuated from the Bear Valley area and the American Red Cross is providing shelter and aid to those evacuees at Panguitch High School in Parowan.

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Winds gusted up to 30 mph Monday and spread the fire on the northern end, dropping the containment of the fire to 9 percent. The target date for completely controlling the fire remains July 15.