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

Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California

Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California

More than 1,500 people have been forced from their homes by the largest wildfire burning in the United States.

The fire, the country's largest active blaze, started near the ski town of Brian Head on June 17.

The 2.5-square-mile fire was 60 percent contained Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, in Utah, authorities say a wildfire that's destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced 1,500 people to evacuate has grown by almost 6 square miles.

Bloch said his group hasn't challenged logging in the area of the Utah fire in two decades. Fox News is reporting that Utah forestry officials' Wildland Fire Prevention and Education team says preliminary statistics to date for wildfires in Utah indicate human activities were responsible for approximately 91 percent of the wildfires in 2017 which have already burned approximately 73,000 acres.

Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman actor Johnny Galecki, confirmed his home on a ranch was destroyed by a blaze in rural San Luis Obispo County. A wildfire surging out of control on California's Central Coast has forced around 250 people to evacuate from their homes.

Winds gusted up to 30 miles per hour Monday and spread the fire on the northern end, dropping the containment of the fire to 9 percent. 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.

Mark Finney, a researcher at the U.S. Forest Service Fire Science Laboratory in Missoula, Montana, said getting rid of the dead trees in the Brian Head area probably would not have made much difference. He believes the Trump administration will provide a more receptive audience for his plea. Firefighters are battling high winds as they fight the blaze that has spread to 184 square kilometres in southern Utah.

Firefighters Allen Scott, left, and Jonny Traber of the Burbank Fire Department enjoy a lighter moment after a day of work at the scene of a wildfire in Santa Margarita, Calif., Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

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.

The blaze is burning in thick chaparral that has not seen a fire in more than 40 years.

In this photo taken Monday, June 26, 2017, smoke plumes from the Manzanita Fire are seen near Beaumont, Ca. It has spread several miles east to an area around Panguitch Lake, a popular spot for fishing. Several small communities have been warned to be ready to evacuate. As a precaution, the region to the northwest of the fire, a remote area called Upper Bear Valley, has been evacuated, she said.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says the growing wildfire in northern Arizona near the site of a fire four years ago that killed 19 firefighters is the state's top priority.

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