Southern Utah wildfire eases as fishing lake, road reopens

BRIAN HEAD, Utah - A southern Utah fishing lake is reopening as firefighters gain more of a handle on a two-week old wildfire that has forced out 1,500 people from the area.

The US Forest Service said Sunday that firefighters have made good progress on the blaze that's burned 93 square miles (240 square kilometers) of land.

It's 65 percent contained, with full containment of the western portion expected by the time one of two crews of firefighters from Nevada, Idaho, and Utah are relieved of duty Sunday.

Campers, fishers and swimmers can now visit Panguitch Lake.

Authorities are reopening roads but warned drivers to be on watch for possible falling rocks and debris.

Multiple communities remain under evacuation orders.

The wildfire was started June 17 by a man burning a pile of weeds.


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