Brian Head Fire blackens 58,000 acres

Fire crews in southern Utah are working around the clock and expect to be at it for a couple more weeks.

The Brian Head fire which is about a three-hour drive from Las Vegas is the largest wildfire burning in the United States.

It's burned more than 58,000 acres and destroyed 26 buildings -- half of which were homes. More than 1,500 people have been evacuated while more than 1,700 work to put out those flames. The fire is just 15 percent contained, but evacuation orders are expected to be lifted Friday for Brian Head.

Most of the burned out areas from Wednesday are now smoldering and crews in the sky are keeping an eye out for hot spots so they can douse those.

The crews yesterday that were trying to button up the containment lines on the south side of the fire have now moved to the north side.

"We're moving some of the resources from this area where we don't need them quite as much, move them up to there, in preparation so they can get more work done," said Brian Scott, U.S. Forest Service.

Winds have also shifted in the last 48 hours. Firefighters say that might be helpful in some areas because it can cause the fire to switch directions and choke itself out.


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