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Upper Bear Valley evacuated as precaution due to Brian Head Fire

Carter Williams  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 10:36pm

Residents of Upper Bear Valley were evacuated Monday morning as forecasted winds are projected to move the Brian Head Fire toward the area northwest of Panguitch, officials said.

2-year-old dies after being left in car 6 hours near St. George

Pat Reavy  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:46pm

A 2-year-old child left in the back seat of a car in Washington County died over the weekend.

National wild horse forum planned in Utah; Zinke may attend

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:03am

Western states and the Bureau of Land Management are struggling to deal with the booming population of wild horses and burros. A national forum on the issue will be held in Utah in August, with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke invited to visit.

Crews make progress on Brian Head Fire as eyes shift to Monday's weather

Pat Reavy  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 10:50pm

Improved weather conditions allowed crews to gain a little ground on the Brian Head Fire on Sunday, currently the largest wildfire in the nation.

Brian Head fire tops 40K acres Saturday

Alison Berg  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:46pm

One week after it started, the Brian Head Fire in southern Utah has topped 40,000 acres and is 8 percent contained. It is the largest fire burning in the United States at this time, fire officials reported.

Brian Head Fire reaches 33K acres by Friday

Pat Reavy  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 12:05am

The Brian Head Fire burned 33,000 acres by Friday evening, destroying 21 structures since it started last week.

National Weather Service awards Utah man for 4 decades of weather reports

Cody Blowers, St. George News  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:01pm

After more than four decades of taking daily weather observations vital to the mission of the National Weather Service, a southern Utah man was recognized Thursday for his volunteer efforts.

Brian Head fire growing at 'unprecedented rate,' covers 17,294 acres

Pat Reavy  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:31pm

A wildfire near Brian Head resort continues to grow "at an unprecedented rate," officials said, reaching 17,294 acres on Thursday evening. The fire was only 5 percent contained.

Washington City woman allegedly embezzles $60K from employer

Kimberly Scott, St. George News  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:28am

A Washington City woman was arrested Monday for allegedly embezzling $60,000 from her employer over a three-year span.

Fire near Brian Head doubles again; forces new evacuations

Alison Berg  |  Posted   Jun 21st - 10:25pm

A fire that began with the use of a weed torch in dry conditions growing rapidly.

Environmental activist, husband charged in cattle case

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Jun 21st - 10:25pm

Clashes over land use resulted in new charges being filed in the San Juan County case of an environmental activist accused of blocking cattle from a water source, underscoring tensions involving ranchers, environmental groups and local residents.

Extreme heat making wildfire battle tougher in Southwest US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 21st - 6:28pm

An extreme heat wave in the Southwest U.S. is making the fight against a series of wildfires more difficult Wednesday, including one that has destroyed at least four homes in an Arizona town known for its wineries, authorities said.

Motorhome burns to the ground, 1 man suffers burns

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted   Jun 21st - 11:55am

A man was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening after the motorhome he and others were traveling in caught fire while on Interstate 15.

Counties drawing maps on preferred monument boundaries

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Jun 21st - 7:18am

The Interior Department asked counties impacted from monument designations under agency review because of controversy to draw their preferred monument boundaries, including for Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah.

Brian Head fire moves north, threatens Boy Scout camp

Annie Knox  |  Posted   Jun 20th - 11:11pm

A wildfire that shut down a popular resort town and torched a home nearly doubled in size Tuesday evening, threatening a Boy Scout camp north of the blaze.

Utah continues to monitor effects of massive Gold King Mine spill

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Jun 20th - 8:08pm

Just a couple months shy of the two-year anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill in neighboring Colorado, Utah continues to monitor the effects of the deposit of 540 tons of heavy metals that found their way to to the San Juan River and Lake Powell.

State of emergency declared for Wayne County town due to water contamination

Carter Williams  |  Posted   Jun 20th - 5:56pm

A state of emergency has been declared for a small town in Wayne County dealing with water contamination issues for nearly a week, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday.

Crews make headway on Brian Head fire; residents, vacationers still out of homes

Annie Knox  |  Posted   Jun 19th - 10:50pm

Winds died down Monday, giving firefighters hope they could gain ground against a blaze that overtook one home and continued to threaten others in Brian Head, Iron County.

Big bass catch at Newcastle Reservoir nets state record for woman

Tracie Sullivan, St. George News  |  Posted   Jun 19th - 6:28pm

Two young women exceeded the state record for biggest catch of hybrid striped bass, or wiper, recently in Iron County, with one earning bragging rights to the title.

Deputies investigate murder-suicide in Beaver County

Pat Reavy  |  Posted   Jun 19th - 2:30pm

A retired couple living in Beaver County was found dead Saturday after the husband called police to say he had killed his wife and would be dead himself by the time deputies arrived.