Brian Head Fire has burned nearly 50,000 acres

LAS VEGAS - The Brian Head Fire in Utah is the nation's largest largest wildfire and firefighters are still struggling to gain control of it.

Firefighters battled high winds Tuesday as they fought a fire that has grown to 72 square mile and burned 21 cabins and sheds. Crews are facing dry, windy conditions and a "high potential" for extreme fire behavior.

In an effort to get ahead of the flames, firefighters are carving out a containment line on a steep hill as planes drop fire retardant. The fire is about 9 percent contained. In all, 1,400 people are battling the blaze, including some volunteers from Nevada.

"These guys are heroes, I've witnessed them with my own two eyes save home after home after home. These guys are working their hind ends off and really are heroes," said Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins.

It's estimated firefighting costs now top $7 million for a fire started June 17 near the Brian Head Resort by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds.

You can get more details on the fire on social media by following #BrianHeadFire


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