Utah wildfire grows as two powerful California blazes spread

Firefighters hope to douse areas with intense blazes at the Utah fire’s southern end so residents can return to homes in the town of Brian Head.The fire has burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers).Parts of two state highways are closed because of the fire.The Weather Channel is describing the Brian Head Fire as the largest active wildfire in the U.S. On Tuesday, authorities evacuated additional homes and cabins near the site of a wildfire, which has burned more than 77 square miles near the ski town of Brian Head. Mike Noel said Tuesday he wants to use the fire near the ski town of Bri.Crews dealt with windy conditions as they battled a northern Arizona wildfire that has burned almost 7 square miles (18 square kilometers).A fire sparked by a traffic collision in California’s Placerita Canyon is the latest blaze to hit the West amid a deadly heatwave.By Tuesday evening, more than 1,600 firefighters were assigned to the conflagration, backed by an aerial force of 13 water-dropping helicopters.In this photo taken Monday, June 26, 2017, smoke plumes from the Manzanita Fire are seen near Beaumont, Ca.On the resort’s website, Burke Wilkerson, the Resort’s Vice President and General Manager said that “most of the fire activity has occurred in the areas outside and north of Town, and due to the extraordinary efforts of fire fighters, Brian Head Resort, the Town of Brian Head and other local businesses have been unaffected by the fire”.Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman actor Johnny Galecki, confirmed his home on a ranch was destroyed by a blaze in rural San Luis Obispo County.The blaze burning in Riverside County about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Los Angeles is only 10 percent contained Tuesday morning.Winds gusted up to 30 miles per hour Monday and spread the fire on the northern end, dropping the containment of the fire to 9 percent.Several small communities have been warned to be ready to evacuate. Mayer has about 1,400 residents.The estimated firefighting costs now top 7 million United States dollars (£5.5 million) for a fire which started on June 17 near the Brian Head Resort by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds, they said. The Frye Fire is about 70 miles northeast of Tucson, the second-largest city in Arizona. The fire was started June 17 by a resident burning weeds and has been fueled by hot, dry conditions and strong winds.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.