Firefighters battle wildfires in Utah, Arizona, California

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Giugno 29, 2017

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

The human-caused wildfire, which was sparked on June 17, has now burned more than 54,000 acres as of Wednesday morning, according to the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. Another wildfire in Arizona forced the evacuation of a town with about 1,400 residents.

"Wildfires could start easily and grow rapidly, becoming hard to control", according to the Weather Service alert.

About 1,500 people have been evacuated from the Bear Valley area and the American Red Cross is providing shelter and aid to those evacuees at Panguitch High School in Parowan.

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.

In this photo taken Monday, June 26, 2017, smoke plumes from the Manzanita Fire are seen near Beaumont, Ca.

The blaze is named after the town of Brian Head, a resort community almost 300 miles (483 km) south of Salt Lake City which has been evacuated due to the blaze. The blaze was 10 percent contained.

Burnout areas near Panguitch Lake, Utah during a wildfire tour by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, in southern Utah.

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. The blaze was 10% contained. Fire crews are battling dry, windy conditions and what officials say is a "high potential" for extreme fire behaviour.

If you noticed the "haze" around the metro areas today, and even in parts of the mountains, that is smoke from a large wildfire in Southern Utah.

Containment is estimated at 40 percent.

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

The so-called Goodwin Fire, which has destroyed an unknown number of homes and is named after an area where it broke out on Saturday, is one of several major fires burning in the U.S. West, where abnormally dry conditions persist in some areas despite heavy rainfall this past winter.

Doug Ducey says the growing wildfire in northern Arizona near the site of a fire four years ago that killed 19 firefighters is the state's top priority. Nara Visa Fire Chief Gary Girard told The Eastern New Mexico News that John Cammack was severely burned after falling from a fire engine when the winds shifted and the flames changed direction.

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