Brian Head Resort Spared From Wildfire
Brian Head Fire seen from chairlift at the resort. (UtahWildfire/Facebook)
A wildfire that began June 17 on the outskirts of the Brian Head Resort has moved away from the southern Utah resort, sparing it from any direct damage.
However, road closures between I-10 and the resort town of Brian Head remain, and resort management cannot say when they will reopen and summer mountain activities will commence.
"Most of the fire activity has occurred in the areas outside and north of town, and due to the extraordinary efforts of fire fighters, Brian Head Resort, the Town of Brian Head and other local businesses have been unaffected by the fire,” Brian Head’s Burke Wilkerson said.
Brian Head has been slated to open June 23 for a full slate of summer activities. The resort touts its high-country mountain biking accessible by the Giant Steps Express quad chairlift. Other summer pastimes at Brian Head include hiking, tubing, ziplining, archery, rock-wall climbing and others.
Utah’s southernmost ski and snowboard resort is scheduled to be open for summer activities Fridays through Sundays. Neighboring vacation locales, like Horse Valley and Panguitch Lake, have been closed.
It’s been a dry, hot beginning to the summer in the Southwest, fueling an outbreak of wildfires in the mountains of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. The Brian Head Fire, which had grown to more than 17,000 acres by June 23, is the only one that has threatened a Western ski and snowboard resort so far this summer.
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