Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes


One structure was destroyed by the fire and State Route 14 was closed in both directions earlier on Sunday, but traffic has since resumed, the department said.

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.

"High temperatures, low humidity, and southwesterly winds are expected to continue throughout the week", fire officials said in their daily morning report on Tuesday.

It was nine days ago, a man in the states of Utah was burning weed in his backyard, which sparked a little fire, with adding the wind now the little fire transform into massive sets of wildfires that burnt down 67 square miles and left thousands homeless.

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. It has spread several miles east to an area around Panguitch Lake, a popular spot for fishing. Do they know how the fire started? Yes.

The current blaze is burning in chaparral that has not had a fire in more than 40 years, helping fuel its growth. The fire had grown to nearly 4,400 acres and was 5% contained.

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The Brian Head Fire has already charred some 46,000 acres, and right now, it's only nine percent contained.

Officials couldn't immediately say how many homes or people are affected by the evacuation order.

In New Mexico, Governor Susana Martinez ordered flags to fly at half-mast in honour of a volunteer firefighter who died from injuries suffered while battling a brush fire in eastern New Mexico last week.

The blaze broke out late Monday afternoon and quickly grew to almost 2 square miles (5 sq. kilometers), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Meanwhile in California, firefighters had two major blazes under enough control to allow evacuated residents to return to their homes. Authorities also expect to determine where the fire is projected to move.

Steve Bloch, legal director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, said Noel's assertion is an over-simplification of wildfires that are the result of fire suppression, climate change, drought and unpredictable winds. Another drone was spotted on Sunday, and it, too, halted aerial firefighting efforts.