Utah man fearing doomsday spent 30 years building bunkers

A doomsday-fearing Utah man in his 80s spent more than 30 years building a stockpile of guns, grenades and food in scattered bunkers and cabins he illegally built in the wilderness, a Utah sheriff's office said Friday.

'His only intent was to defend what he had there if the end of the world was to come,' Iron County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Del Schlosser said.

Schlosser said the man, fearing 'end times' or some kind of collapse of society or the government, slowly constructed four cabins and underground bunkers in the forest outside the ski town of Brian Head, hiking up materials in a piecemeal .

 A Utah man in his 80s spent more than 30 years building four cabins and underground bunkers outside of the ski town Brian Head

 A Utah man in his 80s spent more than 30 years building four cabins and underground bunkers outside of the ski town Brian Head

'His only intent was to defend what he had there if the end of the world was to come,' Iron County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Del Schlosser said 

'His only intent was to defend what he had there if the end of the world was to come,' Iron County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Del Schlosser said 

The bunkers were illegally built on state and U.S. government-owned land but weren't discovered until a wildfire ripped through the area this summer, burning two of the cabins and exploding some ammunition.

Authorities have declined to release the identity of the man, citing an ongoing investigation, but said he lives in the town of Parowan about 20 minutes away and is cooperating with investigators.

State and federal prosecutors are considering whether to file criminal charges against the man, Schlosser said.

The Brian Head Fire burned 71,000 acres this summer and blazed two of the cabins which alerted officials to the bunkers illegal existence

The Brian Head Fire burned 71,000 acres this summer and blazed two of the cabins which alerted officials to the bunkers illegal existence

In addition to the homemade cabins and bunkers, Schlosser said the man also had stashed weapons and other items in barrels and trash cans in the woods

In addition to the homemade cabins and bunkers, Schlosser said the man also had stashed weapons and other items in barrels and trash cans in the woods

Schlosser said the man told law enforcement he didn't live in the cabins but had prepared the hideouts and stockpiles in preparation for some kind of doomsday collapse of the government or societal upheaval.

In addition to the homemade cabins and bunkers, Schlosser said the man also had stashed weapons and other items in barrels and trash cans in the woods.

The man's hideouts and supplies were scattered across eight locations within about a 2-mile radius.

'If you pack a few things in here and there, people don't notice that,' he said.

The man's hideouts and supplies were scattered across eight locations within about a 2-mile radius

The man's hideouts and supplies were scattered across eight locations within about a 2-mile

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