Brian Head Fire has burned almost 50000 acres

Brian Head Fire has burned almost 50000 acres

Officials have said the fire was started June 17 by someone using a weed-burning torch. This Saturday, June 24, 2017, photo, shows a cabin near Panguitch Lake near Panguitch, Utah., that was not burned by a wildfire.

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

A wildfire surging out of control on California's Central Coast has forced evacuations.

(Micah Escamilla/The Press-Enterprise via AP).

Firefighters in southern Utah are in quite a battle these days.

Sizzling heat is exacerbating the fire risks out West, where tired crews have been battling blazes in Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California.

Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the wildfire, facing 100-foot flames along with very dry conditions and winds that have been gusting up to 30 miles per hour, leaving a "high potential" for "extreme" fire behavior, officials said late Monday. Almost 1,000 firefighters battled a Utah wildfire that grew.

Utah firefighters braced Wednesday for more high winds as they try to slow a stubborn wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from a ski resort town.

"People are not being careful enough", he said, noting that several other human-caused fires had broken out over the weekend.

The fire near the small city of Prescott was fanned by 35 mph (56 kph) winds and has charred more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers).

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The 1,400 residents of Mayer, Arizona, a town about 75 miles north of Phoenix, were told to evacuate as a nearby wildfire grew to 18,000 acres on Tuesday afternoon. Jackson said his home is all he has and he has to protect it.

Powell is relying on social media updates from friends and others who live or have homes in the area.

"I'll go. when it's time", she said on Tuesday evening.

The western wildfire season is in full swing with more than 20 fires blazing in Utah, Arizona and California.

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. Known as the Frye fire, the blaze burning on Mt. It's also in steep, rugged terrain that makes it hard for firefighters to reach. Those fires have blackened a total of 150,000 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

Wildfire crews in southern Utah braced themselves Monday for the possibility that winds might expand the Brian Head fire northward.

A half-square-mile (1.4 sq. kilometer) wildfire erupted and quickly surged in hot, dry, windy weather near Highland in San Bernardino County.

Crews in California, meanwhile, are dealing with two new powerful and fast-growing fires.

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.