Fifteen-hundred people have been evacuated and 13 homes and eight outbuildings have been destroyed, said fire spokeswoman Elayn Briggs.
Utah wildfire Incident Commander Tim Roide said in a statement that Sunday was "a good day for firefighters, who were able to have success securing areas of particular concern, including the many structures affected by the Brian Head Fire". "Within this large area of thin density smoke was a region of moderately dense to thick smoke affecting southern and eastern Utah, southern Wyoming, western Colorado, and northern and central New Mexico".
Mike Noel on Monday linked the huge Brian Head fire that scorched some 54,000 acres to a lack of logging in state forests, and said poor land management policies had only helped the wildfire spread.
"More than anything, we want to remind citizens to please, please, please be careful", he said. Airtankers dropped retardant immediately adjacent to the dozer line with the intent that the retardant should minimize the ability of embers to start spot fires across the dozer line. The fire has forced the evacuation of several small towns: Mayer, Chaparral Hills and Poland Junction.
More than 840 personnel are battling the fire that started from lightning on June 7.
She said dead trees left by bark beetle infestations - as in many areas in the West - have also contributed to the fire's size and fury.
Embargo Salt Lake City UT** In Utah fires continued with little rain relief in sight. Ten communities have been evacuated officials said
One man in the June 17 calls asks emergency dispatchers for help, saying the fire keeps on growing and there's nothing he can do to stop it. As of Monday, the area remained under a warning from the National Weather Service that "gusty winds and low humidities will combine to cause critical fire weather conditions this afternoon".
Meanwhile in California, firefighters had two major blazes under enough control to allow evacuated residents to return to their homes.
Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz says the blaze is just 10 percent contained Thursday morning, but damp ocean air moved in and raised humidity levels, slowing the fire's pace to a crawl.
The blaze has grown to 2.5 square miles (6.5 sq. kilometers) since it broke out outside San Luis Obispo on Monday afternoon.
Containment is estimated at 40 percent.
Another large blaze in Arizona dubbed the Frye Fire has charred almost 40,000 acres since it was sparked by lightning on June 7 near Mount Graham, but it was more than 40 percent contained by Tuesday, authorities said.
Teen accidentally shot by deputies fending off dog
The incident occurred about 3:47 a.m. and the boy, identified by his aunt as Armando Garcia, died at 4:28 a.m.at a local hospital. According to the Los Angeles Times , upon arrival, one of the deputies was attacked and bitten in the leg by a pitbull.