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Brian Head evacuated as fire burns across 500 acres

Updated Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 8:32 p.m.

The town of Brian Head had been evacuated of approximately 750 residents and visitors as a wildfire consumed more than 500 acres Saturday night, according to Utah officials.

About eight hours after crews were first dispatched, the fire was 0 percent contained, according to Utah Fire Info, a government information source. One home had been destroyed and another damaged.

The blaze, which was sparked by human activity and was being fueled by timber, has “immediately threatened” the town, which is located about 200 miles north of Las Vegas, near the Dixie National Forest, according to officials.

Local, state and federal crews were first dispatched to the fast-spreading, up-slope fire shortly before 11:30 a.m. Las Vegas time, officials said.

Air tankers and helicopters were at the scene, officials said. State Route 143 was shut down in the area.

As of 8 p.m., At least 115 crew members had been assigned to combat the blaze, which may bring challenges in the coming days as record-setting heat conditions are expected in the coming days.

For more information, visit: https://www.utahfireinfo.gov

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