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Brian Head Fire continues to threaten homes

The blaze near the ski resort of Brian Head, about 245 miles south of Salt Lake City, was only 10 percent contained, Brian Head Fire spokeswoman Elayn Briggs said. Jonathon Hodgkiss of Lone Peak Engines out of Utah accepts a doughnut and lemonade from Skylee Hatch as fire crews return from fighting a wildfire near the ski town of Brian Head Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in P.

What they are saying "Things change day-to-day".

The Brian Head Fire continues to rage Tuesday, as the winds Monday made the large blaze expand to almost 50,000 acres Tuesday morning.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in statement Wednesday that the fire is the state's top priority. She said it has been an "emotional rollercoaster" for her and her grandparents, who live part of the year at a cabin near the fire.

The blaze burning in Riverside County about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Los Angeles is only 10 percent contained Tuesday morning.

The fire, dubbed the Manzanita Fire, started about 3:10 p.m. on Lambs Canyon near Dump Road following a single vehicle crash, the Riverside County Fire Department said in a news release.

The fire was ignited by human activity, but officials said they were still investigating the precise cause.

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.

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The current blaze is burning in chaparral that has not had a fire in more than 40 years, helping fuel its growth.

Officials ordered the evacuation of 1,400 residents in the central Arizona town of Mayer Tuesday afternoon as a large wildfire continued to advance on the area.

Brian Head is a popular destination for Las Vegas locals for skiing and summer hiking with around 1,500 people evacuated so far.

Firefighters in Southern California were battling a fast-moving wildfire on Sunday that closed a highway and forced residents from their homes around the area of Santa Clarita, a city north of Los Angeles, authorities said.

Authorities believe the fire was started over a week ago by someone using a weed torch in bone dry conditions. The brush fire quickly grew from 125 acres at 4 p.m.to a massive 5,000 acres by midnight.

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

After burning through 77 square miles of land, a wildfire raging through Utah since June 17 is considered the biggest active wildfire in the U.S.

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