A wildfire near a southern Utah ski town has forced the evacuations of 400 more homes after the fire doubled in size amid high winds, authorities said Thursday.
The Utah blaze is one of several burning in the U.S. West as extreme heat makes it difficult for firefighters.
The additional homes being evacuated in the Utah fire are east of the fire’s epicenter in Brian Head, said Denise Dastrup of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Officials are also asking other nearby residents and people visiting a popular fishing area to leave to avoid danger, she said.
More than 700 other people have already been out of their homes since Saturday when evacuations were ordered after the fire was started by someone using a torch to burn weeds.
The fire is burning about 250 miles (402 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City near a tiny mountain town that is home to the Brian Head Resort. The alpine community is near several national monuments and parks in Utah’s red rock country.
The mountain bike and hiking trails, zip line and water tubing hill that lure summer visitors are closed while firefighters try and contain the blaze. The resort, which is a ski area in the winter, says on its website that it still plans to carry out summer activities that include music concerts and 4th of July events but that they don’t when they’ll be able to reopen.