Crews battle wildfire that forced Utah ski town to evacuate

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The coolish temperatures are due to the altitude - 8,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level in the fire area, which is about 4,000 feet higher than Cedar City.

"They're unbelievable in that they can handle these complex situations and manage resources at a higher level", said U.S. Forest Service's Cigi Burton.

The fire was first reported around 12:20 p.m. on Saturday on the northeast side of Brian Head, and rapidly spread upslope.

The town of Brian Head is immediately threatened. "Firefighter safety and public safety is always our No. 1 priority".

Crews contained most of the fire that forced evacuations last week in the Jemez Mountains. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though officials suspect the fire was caused by humans, said Mike Milton, the Area Fire Management Officer for the Division of Forestry and State Land in Southwest Utah.

A new fire started burning just north of Pintura, which is about 25 miles north of St. George, Monday morning.

There are now no evacuations in place.

The fire in Brian Head in southern Utah remains zero-percent contained.

The fire has destroyed one home so far and burned three others. The Forest Service has issued road and trail closures as well.

"Had we not had aerial resources available, we could've potentially lost a lot more structures", Burton said.

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