The nation's largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake.
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. Firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.
Over 600 firefighters are battling the blaze that has already burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers).
In this photo taken Monday, June 26, 2017, smoke plumes from the Manzanita Fire are seen near Beaumont, Ca. Homes there have been evacuated since June 17 since authorities said the fire was started by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds on private land.
The blaze burning in Riverside County about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Los Angeles is only 10 percent contained Tuesday morning.
An aerial photo of wildfires burning across nearly 50,000 acres near the ski resort of Brian Head, about 400km south of Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Smoke was seen pouring out of the tunnel, with numerous 39 injured believed to have been suffering from smoke inhalation. In April, a power outage backed up trains around the city and closed a key Manhattan station for 12 hours.
Firefighters in California and Arizona have managed to maintain smaller wildfires that broke out in various areas recently.
A wildfire sparked by a traffic accident on a remote highway 80 miles east of Los Angeles has grown to almost two square miles (over 500 hectares) in just a few hours.
Moffat County and much of western Colorado is under a red flag warning through 11:15 p.m. Tuesday for gusty winds and low humidity, indicating high fire danger, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
Emergency crews have managed to contain only 9 percent of the Brian Head fire since it started. Mike Noel said Tuesday he wants to use the fire near the ski town of Bri.
Two people were hospitalized in the solo-vehicle crash and subsequent auto fire that caused the wildfire Monday afternoon. High winds and intense dry temperatures are making it more likely that officials will see extreme fire behavior in the days ahead.
"Most of the fire activity has occurred in the areas outside and north of town, and due to the extraordinary efforts of firefighters, Brian Head Resort, the town of Brian Head and other local businesses have been unaffected by the fire", Wilkerson said. 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.