More evacuations in wildfire near Utah ski resort town

The Placerita Fire has grown to 750 acres with a containment of 50 percent in the Santa Clarita area.                       LA County Fire PIO

The fire, the country's largest active blaze, started near the ski town of Brian Head on June 17.

The fire in the mountains about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Phoenix, fanned by 35 mph (56 kph) winds, has charred more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers).

Authorities say a southern Utah wildfire that's destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced 1,500 people to evacuate has grown again.

Fox News is reporting that Utah forestry officials' Wildland Fire Prevention and Education team says preliminary statistics to date for wildfires in Utah indicate human activities were responsible for approximately 91 percent of the wildfires in 2017 which have already burned approximately 73,000 acres. In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency on Friday as more than 20 wildfires burned in the state. Due to the incident in California, Highway 14 was forced to close down by the police authorities. Another wildfire in Arizona forced the evacuation of a town with about 1,400 residents.

The blaze burning in Riverside County about 80 miles east of Los Angeles is only 10 percent contained Tuesday morning, June 27.

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At last estimate, the nation's largest fire had caused an estimated $10 million in damage.

Both California fires came amid soaring temperatures and dry air that are expected to start receding early on Tuesday.

Nearly 300 miles north of the Frye Fire, the Goodwin Fire in Mayer, Arizona gained ground on Tuesday night, authorities said.

Brian Head fire burns and then moves on to burn some more.

In Arizona, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management said in a statement that the Goodwin Fire, which started about 14 miles south of Prescott on Saturday, had burned almost 4,400 acres of land in the Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest. The fire burned about 1,600 acres.

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The Brian Head Fire is one of several wildfires affecting the U.S. Southwest: the Goodwin Fire in Arizona's Prescott National Forest has burned more than 18,000 acres; the Frye Fire in Arizona's Coronado National Forest has burned more than 38,500 acres; the Cole Creek Fire in Nevada has burned more than 4,500 acres; and the Holcomb Fire in California's San Bernardino National Forest has burned more than, 1500 acres.

Crews in California were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly, and firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

The Utah fire began near the ski resort town of Brian Head, generally known for weekend getaway homes for Las Vegas residents.

Crews in California, meanwhile, had to deal with two new powerful and fast-growing fires, and Arizona firefighters had to ground aircraft because of unauthorised drones over a blaze near Flagstaff.

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