Crews battle wildfire that forced Utah ski town to evacuate

Smoke rises between the trees as a wildfire burns along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah s

A plane drops fire retardant as a wildfire burns along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah sk

Smoke rises between the trees as a wildfire burns along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah s

Smoke rises between charred trees after a wildfire along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah

A plane drops fire retardant as a wildfire burns Sunday, June 18, 2017, along the Steam Engine area near the southern Utah ski town of

Charred trees stand as a wildfire burns along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah ski town of

Bret Howser, Brian Head's town manager, shows the area on a map north of town where a wildfire burns, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Brian H

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Crews are battling a wildfire that shut down a highway and forced hundreds of people to flee a ski town in southwestern Utah.

Firefighters say the blaze near the town of Brian Head has destroyed one home and damaged another, with many more homes under threat from the fire that's torched roughly 1½ square miles (2 square kilometers).

About 750 people have been evacuated from the town and a 15-mile (24-kilometer) stretch of Highway 143 was closed.

Hot weather is expected to be a challenge for firefighters battling the human-caused blaze that grew exponentially over the weekend.

In New Mexico, residents have gone home and a highway that was forced to close through a popular mountain range is back open as firefighters mop up one blaze in the state.