The Latest: Utah governor: Weed torch set fire near ski town

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Posted: Jun 20, 2017 3:09 PM
The Latest: Utah governor: Weed torch set fire near ski town

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in Utah near a Utah ski town (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says a weed torch ignited a wildfire that has forced more than 700 people to evacuate.

Herbert is touring the fire-damaged area around the ski town of Brian Head in the Dixie National Forest on Tuesday. He tweeted that experts told him the blaze was started by somebody using a weed torch in dry conditions.

Forest Service spokeswoman Cigi Burton says one home has been destroyed and another damaged in the fire that started Saturday. Part of a highway also is shut down.

Burton says one firefighter suffered a concussion and another a puncture wound. She says "both are recovering and doing well."

Burton says the fire is growing slowly and has blackened roughly 1.5 square miles (2 square kilometers).

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9 a.m.

Two firefighters are recovering from injuries at a wildfire in southwest Utah that has forced the evacuation of more than 700 people and shut down part of a highway.

Gov. Gary Herbert plans to tour the fire-damaged area around the town of Brian Head in the Dixie National Forest on Tuesday. One home has been destroyed and another damaged.

Forest Service spokeswoman Cigi Burton says one firefighter suffered a concussion and another a puncture wound. She says "both are recovering and doing well."

Burton says the fire is growing slowly and crews are lighting backfires to help consume fuels in the path of the flames that have blackened roughly 1.5 square miles (2 square kilometers).