On June 17, 2017, a wildfire began in wooded mountains near the town of Brian Head, Utah. And while fire crews soon got to the scene, extinguishing the blaze was no easy task; in fact, the flames would still rage on ten days later. Then, however, some firefighters made a truly explosive discovery.
That wildfire in the Cedar Mountain area of Utah’s Iron County was not just your run-of-the-mill conflagration, though. The Brian Head blaze was in fact the worst wildfire ever in the records of the state, since it ended up scorching an area of 72,000 acres.
The fire destroyed no fewer than 13 homes; the overall cost of fighting the blaze, meanwhile, has been estimated at a cool $34 million. And 2017 was decidedly not a good year for wildfires in Utah. In total, fires ravaged some 250,000 acres of land in the state during those 12 months – with the bill for damage to buildings subsequently coming to $4 million.