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Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US

28 June 2017

Officials have said the blaze near the ski town of Brian Head was sparked June 17 by a weed-burning torch.

Colten Ledbetter, of the Ruby Mountain Hotshots out of Elko, Nev., walks toward the Incident Command Center as the fire crews return from fighting a wildfire in the ski town of Brian Head Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Panguitch, Utah.

"Things change day-to-day", Wilder said.

The blaze broke out late Monday afternoon and quickly grew to almost 1.5 square miles, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, said logging or fires being allowed to burn in the state's forests would help get rid of timber that serves as easy fuel for the blazes. In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency on Friday as more than 20 wildfires burned in the state.

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CHP requested to close Highway 79 in both directions at Gilman Springs.

"A significant area of thin density smoke attributed to a number of wildfires over the Western and Southwestern United States could be seen this morning stretching from Wyoming southward over a good portion of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico".

In Los Angeles, California, there are three states including California are terrified of increasing heat waves with temperature over 100 degrees, which also prompt a potential alarm of the continuing wildfires that till now perished over 100,000 acres under its fire rage. About ten percent of the blaze has been contained so far. The fire started on Saturday and fire officials are still investigating what ignited it.

Officials say crews have stopped the fire from advancing and on Wednesday were trying to put out areas still burning or smoldering within the fire's perimeter. Mayer has about 1,400 residents.

The fire, which is 10 percent contained, prompted voluntary evacuations for Highland Home Road, Death Valley Road, Longhorn Road and Shirleon Drive.

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Sheriff's deputies began helping residents of the Disney Ranch, Tenderfoot Trail Road, Running Horse Road and Placerita Canyon areas to evacuate and affected residents were told to seek shelter at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita.

CAL FIRE said on June 22 that firefighters have responded to 1,878 wildfires, burning over 19,000 acres, since January 1, representing a threefold increase compared with the same time past year.

By Monday evening, the fire covered 760 acres, with 75% containment, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The fire burned about 1,600 acres.

The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometers).

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Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US