The blaze sparked June 17 by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds has grown to become the largest wildfire in the country and firefighting costs now top $7 million, state emergency managers said.
In a statement, Incident Commander Tim Roide said Sunday was "a good day for firefighters, who were able to have success securing areas of particular concern, including the many structures affected by the Brian Head Fire".
Officials say the fire now covers almost 67 square miles and has destroyed more than a dozen homes since it was sparked a week ago.
Seventeen other fires are also being fought across Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Oregon.
The area where the Brian Head Fire is burning east of Cedar City, Utah could see southwest winds gusting up to 39 miles per hour Monday afternoon while the relative humidity bottoms out at 12 percent. The fire in the near the ski town of Brian Head, generally known for weekend getaway homes for Las Vegas residents, is about 10 percent contained.
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Sheriff Jim Perkins said, "It is heart wrenching i get it you know there are cabins up there that are generations old".
Firefighters are battling strong winds and the potential for triple-digit temperatures as they try to contain separate wildfires in Utah and California.
A number of communities in the area were forced to evacuate, including the entire town of Brian Head.
The Madison Fire Department out of Rexburg sent a fire engine with five firefighters and paramedics to help as well, according to Griffee.
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