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Wed Jun 28, 2017, 05:53 AM

Utah's Brian Head Fire grows to 50,000 acres as containment stalls

June 28 (UPI) -- The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands said the Brian Head Fire in southwest Utah has grown to nearly 50,000 acres as containment stalls at 10 percent.

The Utah forestry agency on Tuesday said high temperatures, low humidity and winds are expected to continue through the week, which will produce "extreme fire behavior with crowning, long-range spotting and group torching."

Firefighters on Wednesday will continue to protect structures in the Panguitch Lake, Dry Lakes and and Blue Springs area. Authorities also expect to determine where the fire is projected to move. Most of the fire growth from Monday to Tuesday occurred in the northern part of of the fire, the forestry agency said.

"On the northern side of the fire ... operations managers are looking past the old-growth timber, to where the fuels change to sage and grass and suppression efforts may be more successful," the Utah agency wrote in a statement.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/06/28/Utahs-Brian-Head-Fire-grows-to-50000-acres-as-containment-stalls/7221498644494/

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