Crews battle wildfire that forced Utah ski town to evacuate

2017-06-20 05:13
A plane drops fire retardant as a wildfire burns near the ski town of Brian Head in Utah. (Leah Hogsten, AP)

A plane drops fire retardant as a wildfire burns near the ski town of Brian Head in Utah. (Leah Hogsten, AP)

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Salt Lake City - Crews are battling a wildfire that shut down a highway and forced hundreds of people to flee a ski town in southwestern Utah.

Firefighters say the blaze near the town of Brian Head has destroyed one home and damaged another, with many more homes under threat from the fire that's torched roughly 2km2.

About 750 people have been evacuated from the town and a 24km stretch of a highway was closed.

Hot weather is expected to be a challenge for firefighters battling the human-caused blaze that grew exponentially over the weekend.

In New Mexico, residents have been allowed to return home and a highway that was forced to close through a popular mountain range has been reopened as firefighters mop up one blaze in the state.

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