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As the Brian Head Fire moved toward Panguitch Lake on Wednesday, authorities told residents in the area to evacuate immediately, giving Doug Ferguson just a short time to grab his medicine and animals. He was able to get the pets …

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Haze from smoke of the Brian Head fire drifts through the streets of Parowan last week. Brian Head Fire not polluting the Wasatch Front ... yet
    Southern Utah’s Brian Head Fire is burning so hot, the chemicals that would typically create elevated levels of ozone around the blaze are being compl...
    Updated Jun 25 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mountain pine beetles kill by burrowing inside the bark of a tree thereby cutting off the water and nutrient flow. Beetle-killed trees are complicating firefighting efforts in southern Utah. Do beetle-killed trees make wildfires worse? Brian Head blaze may provide surprising answers
    The wildfire threatening a southern Utah resort town this week raced through a forest that lost hundreds of thousands of spruce trees in a devastating...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   In response to Secretary Zinke’s Interim Report recommending the shrinking of the Bears Ears National Monument, James Adakai, Oljato Chapter President and BEITC Commissioner joins Native American community leaders who traveled to Salt Lake City to explain why Native Americans in San Juan County are fighting to preserve Bears Ears National Monument during a panel discussion at the University of Utah, Thursday, June 22, 2017. ‘This is our homeland’: Panelists say they’ll do whatever it takes to protect Bears Ears
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  • Torrey businesses reopening after nearly a week without water
    Despite having weathered “ghost town-like” conditions after a water main break that ran the town water system dry over the weekend, many Torrey busine...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 02:02 am   |     |   Share



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