Wildfire destroys home, hurts businesses in Utah ski town

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A wildfire that destroyed one home and damaged another while forcing hundreds of people to flee a Utah ski town was also hurting businesses Monday that rely on summer visitors.

The fire near Brian Head was one of several across the West.

In New Mexico, fire crews mopped up a blaze sparked by an abandoned campfire in the scorching Southwest heat.

The fire in southwestern Utah was threatening about 100 homes and businesses. It has blackened roughly 1½ square miles (2 square kilometers), said Cigi Burton, a spokeswoman with Dixie National Forest.

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About 750 people were evacuated and a 15-mile (24-kilometer) stretch of Highway 143 remained closed.

The blaze came at a key time for businesses that rely on summer tourism, said Rolane Grinnell, owner of Brian Head…

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