Crews battle wildfire that forced ski town to evacuate
SALT LAKE CITY | Utah firefighters were battling a wildfire Monday that shut down a highway and forced hundreds of people to flee a ski town amid scorching heat in the Southwest U.S.
The fire near the southwestern Utah town of Brian Head has destroyed one home and damaged another, with about 100 homes and businesses under immediate threat from the fire that’s torched roughly 1 square mile, officials said.
About 750 people were evacuated and a 15-mile stretch of Highway 143 was closed.
Hot weather was expected to be a challenge in the fight against the fire that ignited Saturday and grew exponentially over the weekend, authorities said.