Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California

26 2017 smoke plumes from the Manzanita Fire are seen near Beaumont Calif. A wildfire in a rugged inland area of Southern California grew substantially overnight. The blaze burning in Riverside County about 80 miles eas

Almost 1,000 firefighters battled a Utah wildfire that grew Sunday mor.

Smoke visible in Routt County Tuesday can be attributed to the Brian Head Fire in southwestern Utah, according to Kevin Thompson, Routt County National Forest fire management officer.

In this photo taken Monday, June 26, 2017, smoke plumes from the Manzanita Fire are seen near Beaumont, Ca. What they are saying "Things change day-to-day".

The sun peeks through heavy smoke from a wildfire locally called Goodwin Fire as seen from the town of Mayer, Ariz., Tuesday, June 27, 2017. He believes the Trump administration will provide a more receptive audience for his plea.

The Brian Head blaze ranks as the largest of 20 major, active wildfires burning across Utah and five other Western states - Arizona, California, New Mexico, Idaho and Oregon.

The evacuation order is for a string of homes along sparsely populated rural roads in and around the small town of Santa Margarita about 10 miles (16 km) north of the much larger city of San Luis Obispo.

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Officials say the fire erupted June 17 by someone using a weed-burning torch.

Noel contends it wouldn't have spread as fast if federal forest lands had been cleared of dead trees.

There are also smaller blazes in other states. The Brian Head Fire is now the largest wildfire burning in the U.S.

"If we're looking for someone to blame, there isn't anyone", Finney said. Several wildfires in the West are contributing to smoky conditions throughout Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, according to NOAA.

"It's shameful that Rep. Noel has chosen to exploit the fire and mislead the public by saying that conservationists are to blame for this event", Bloch said.

Firefighters battled high winds Tuesday as they fought a fire that has grown to 72 square mile and burned 21 cabins and sheds. The estimated cost of fighting the blaze has reached $11 million. A wildfire in a rugged inland area of Southern California grew subst.

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Finney said logging companies generally can't make money in operations at high elevations because the trees don't grow back quickly enough and logistics are hard. Most of the fire growth from Monday to Tuesday occurred in the northern part of of the fire, the forestry agency said.

The area near the fire is expecting temperatures in the triple digits through next Friday, with no sign of rain.

"That's just logging industry propaganda", Hanson said.

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

Over 600 firefighters are battling the blaze that has already burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers). It was climbing ridges and moving away from homes but came frighteningly close to a subdivision, prompting the evacuations, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gerrelaine Alcordo said.

Fire crews had contained 5 percent of the fire that is scorching areas 14 miles south of Prescott.

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Residents of Mayer say they struggled to leave behind their homes.

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