Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Brian Head Fire reaches Panguitch watershed, grows to more than 50K acres

Brian Head Fire reaches Panguitch watershed, grows to more than 50K acres

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.

Colten Ledbetter, of the Ruby Mountain Hotshots out of Elko, Nev., walks toward the Incident Command Center as the fire crews return from fighting a wildfire in the ski town of Brian Head Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Panguitch, Utah.

Residents of a northern Arizona town that has been evacuated say they struggled to leave behind their homes.

Authorities ordered more evacuations at the fire that has torched more than 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) in preparation for winds and low humidity that could push fire growth north after calmer weather kept its growth in check over the weekend.

The Brian Head Fire in Utah is the nation's largest largest wildfire and firefighters are still struggling to gain control of it.

Ducey said his office is receiving constant updates from state fire officials. 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. Another wildfire in Arizona forced the evacuation of a town with about 1,400 residents.

The blaze, dubbed the Placerita Fire, swelled to roughly 800 acres but firefighters had managed to contains about half the blaze by 6 p.m.(0100 GMT), the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted.

Both California fires came amid soaring temperatures and dry air that are expected to start receding early on Tuesday.

In Arizona, firefighters had to ground aircraft after they spotted drones being flown near the fire, Bureau of Land Management spokesman Dennis Godfrey said.

A major wildfire in southern Utah, United States, has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins.

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

In a press release, the Wildland Fire Prevention and Education team says, "preliminary statistics to date for wildfire occurrence in Utah indicate human activities are responsible for approximately 91 percent of wildfires in 2017 which have burned approximately 73,000 acres".

Sheriff's deputies began helping residents of the Disney Ranch, Tenderfoot Trail Road, Running Horse Road and Placerita Canyon areas to evacuate and affected residents were told to seek shelter at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita.

Meantime, crews reported having established a perimeter around the Stream Fire, which had burned 8,146 acres of high desert grasslands along the Utah-Idaho border, southwest of Snowville.

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