Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California


Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California

However, firefighters haven't been so lucky in southern Utah, where 100-foot flames are engulfing an area near the Brian Head Ski Resort.

PHOENIX Firefighters struggled to control a fast-growing wildfire in central Arizona on Wednesday, prompting the governor to warn that the coming hours would be crucial in battling the blaze that has forced hundreds of people to evacuate.

Utah Fire Info tweeted Wednesday that 276 of 303 wildfires sparked in the the state this year have been human-caused, and urged people to avoid using any objects that can spark a wildfire near dry vegitation. Firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

Smoke from a wildfire rises behind a group of condos near the Giant Steps Lodge on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Brian Head, Utah. Mayer has about 1400 residents.

Crews in California, meanwhile, were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly, and Arizona firefighters had to ground aircraft because of unauthorized drones over a fire near Flagstaff. This Saturday, June 24, 2017, photo, shows a cabin burnt to the ground by a wildfire fire on the west side of Panguitch Lake, near Panguitch, Utah. Utah state Rep. Mike Noel said Tuesday he wants to use the fire near the ski town of Brian Head and a popular fishing lake to highlight the imbalance of power afforded environmental groups under previous presidents and to ease bureaucratic and legal blockades for logging companies.

Firefighters in California and Arizona have managed to maintain smaller wildfires that broke out in various areas recently.

The Brian Head Fire is now the largest wildfire burning in the U.S.

Authorities said Monday they're ordering more evacuations at the fire that has torched more than 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and cost more than $7 million to fight. That's 91 percent of what's already proven to be a busy fire year a full two months before the usual peak of the season.

Containment is estimated at 40 percent.

As of Tuesday morning, the blaze had scorched almost 50,000 acres, the bulk of that in the Dixie National Forest, with crews managing to carve containment lines around just 10 percent of the fire's perimeter, officials said.

Two people were taken to hospital after the crash and subsequent auto blaze that caused the wildfire on Monday afternoon.

Conditions on the Brian Head Fire are expected to remain hot, dry and windy through Wednesday.

The fire has burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers).



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