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Utah wildfire grows as two powerful California blazes spread

28 June, 2017, 18:10 | Author: Mae Harvey

1,300 firefighters from multiple agencies were battling the blaze. This Saturday, June 24, 2017, photo, shows a home near a burnt hillside caused by a wildfire fire on the west side of Panguitch Lake, near Panguitch, Utah. Most years, only 40% to 50% of Utah wildfires are human-caused.

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 previous year. 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.

Two people were hospitalized in the solo-vehicle crash and subsequent auto fire that caused the wildfire Monday afternoon.

Over in Utah, the Brian Head Fire, which started 10 days ago, has grown to about 46,000 acres, and Mother Nature isn't helping the crews.

By 3:30 p.m., flames had burned 80 acres on both sides of Highway 79, which cuts through the hills and connects Beaumont and Gilman Hot Springs, an area famous for its sprawling Church of Scientology compound.

In related news, a wildfire in California's central coast has surged out of control.

In Los Angeles, California, there are three states including California are terrified of increasing heat waves with temperature over 100 degrees, which also prompt a potential alarm of the continuing wildfires that till now perished over 100,000 acres under its fire rage.

The evacuation order was issued for a string of homes along sparsely populated rural roads in and around the small town of Santa Margarita about 10 miles north of San Luis Obispo.

Winds will be a major concern for firefighters Tuesday as they continue to battle the fast-moving Manzanita Fire which consumed 5,000 acres in less than nine hours Monday and was only 10 percent contained.

Authorities said Monday they're ordering more evacuations at the fire that has torched more than 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and cost more than $7 million to fight.

Utah state Rep. Mike Noel said Tuesday he wants to use the fire near the ski town of Brian Head and a popular fishing lake to highlight the imbalance of power afforded environmental groups under previous presidents and to ease bureaucratic and legal blockades for logging companies. Although about 175 people who live near Panguitch Lake were allowed to briefly return to their homes Sunday.

That fire was sparked yesterday by a auto crash.

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