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"We're having daily conference calls to ensure that all operations are carried out in a safe and effective manner and that we're making the best use of all of those resources together".

More than 1,500 people in that area have been evacuated due to fires throughout the state.

The Brian Head Fire has burned more than 48,000 acres and prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins.

Ninety-eight percent of Utah is under a red flag warning from the National Weather Service, said Joe Dougherty, a spokesman for the Utah Division of Emergency Management.

Both California fires came amid soaring temperatures and dry air that are expected to start receding early on Tuesday.

"We are a good 12 miles away from the fire". It closed after a weekend vehicle crash sparked a smoky fire in dry conditions. Noel said that during committee hearings in Washington D.C. on Tuesday the congressman referred to the Brian Head fire. If you live in an area affected by wildland fires, officials recommend familiarizing yourself with the Ready, Set, Go Program.

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Rice said fires are always a threat, especially during the summer.

However, vehicular access to the area remained restricted.

Ms Powell said she and her sister helped grab family heirlooms, pictures and important documents last Thursday when her grandparents had to evacuate at short notice.

Cox pointed out that this year's big snowpack and full reservoirs might be deceiving.

The fire began Saturday afternoon, and was reported to have blazed to 50 acres and as law enforcement agencies investigate, by human cause is a possible, but not definite factor in the cause of the fire.

Cox added the state will continue to meet with municipalities and county officials regarding the possibility of further fire restrictions.

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CAL FIRE said on June 22 that firefighters have responded to 1,878 wildfires, burning over 19,000 acres, since January 1, representing a threefold increase compared with the same time previous year.

The Dixie National Forest has an area closure on lands north of Highway 14. At least 13 homes have been destroyed. The Red Cross has offered shelter for those displaced by the Brian Head Fire. Grim. The flames are 100 feet high in places.

By 4 p.m. local time (7 p.m. EDT), the fire spread to 125 acres and grew to 1,200 acres shortly after 6 p.m. local time (9 p.m. EDT), according to the department. It includes almost 50 engines, 36 crews and 14 helicopters.

Brian Head Town Manager Bret Howser confirmed Wednesday evening that the evacuation order will be lifted later this week.

Many residents have painful memories of a 2013 wildfire that killed 19 members of a Prescott-based firefighting crew nearly four years to the date.

"I hope that you recognize the sacrifice and the expertise that these firefighters bring", said Vickers.

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