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Gusty Winds Hurt Firefighting Efforts In Brian Head

Gusty winds have once again helped the Brain Head wildfire burn through hundreds of acres of dry timber in what is now the largest active wildfire in the nation. The Brian Head Fire has now burned 53,000 acres in 11 days and remains only 10 percent contained.

Wednesday marks the third straight day of a “Red Flag” wildfire danger warning due to strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity in the area.

Most of the growth has occurred on the north end of the fire, and evacuation orders are still in place for residents of Brian Head and communities around the Bear Valley.

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About 1,500 residents have been evacuated, and the fire has consumed about 21 buildings.