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Wildfire near Utah ski resort forces 1500 people from homes

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.About 175 people were briefly allowed back to their homes near Panguitch Lake Sunday under escort, said Denise Dastrup with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.Republican Utah State Rep. Mike Noel on Monday blamed environmental groups for the fire. Almost 1,000 firefighters battled a Utah wildfire that grew.The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometers).The estimated firefighting costs now top 7 million USA 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.”Things change day to day”, Mr Wilder said.As for the wildfires in California, about 10 percent of the blaze scorching up Riverside County-80 miles from Los Angeles-has been contained, according to local reports.Almost 1,000 firefighters battled a Utah wildfire that grew Sunday morning that has prompted the evacuation of over a 1,000 people from hundreds of homes and cabins.Officials couldn’t immediately say how many homes or people are affected by the evacuation order. He said the dead trees are the fuel needed for a devastating fire to spread.On California’s Central Coast, evacuation orders remain in place for sparsely populated rural areas of San Luis Obispo County east of the town of Santa Margarita due to a almost 2-square-mile (5 sq. kilometer) fire.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.Containment is estimated at 40 percent. Two people were hospitalized due to the crash for unknown injuries.Aircraft and more than 100 firefighters are battling the blaze.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.Nearly 300 miles north of the Frye Fire, the Goodwin Fire in Mayer, Arizona gained ground on Tuesday night, authorities said.On the other hand, in Arizona, a drone sparked a fire in one place, while another drone triggered grounding helicopters which supposed to put off the fire near Prescott, now both the incident leads the US Forest Service to banned drones to fly in the region by announcements.