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

Utah's Brian Head Fire grows to 50000 acres as containment stalls


A wildfire continued to surge out of control early Tuesday near vineyards on California's Central Coast has forced about 250 people to evacuate from their homes.

The Brian Head Fire has already charred some 46,000 acres, and right now, it's only nine percent contained. More than 1,600 personnel have been deployed to fight fire.

"[We are] watching the fire closely and mopping up, hoping to put out any hot spots that may kick up sparks in the wind", said Fire Information Officer Mitch Zundel.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Insisting that logging could have cleaned up dead, bug-infested trees that are fueling a Utah wildfire, a Republican state lawmaker blamed federal mismanagement and lawsuits by "tree hugger" environmentalists for the blaze that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.

Elayn Briggs, incident spokeswoman for the Brian Head Fire, said more than 1,400 firefighters are battling the blaze and include personnel from federal, state and local agencies.

The Manzanita Fire started in Lambs Canyon, off Highway 79 N. near Dump Rd., Monday afternoon.

As of Tuesday (June 27) afternoon the fire was 75 percent contained. Almost 1,000 firefighters battled a Utah wildfire that grew.

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.

Several small communities have been warned to be ready to evacuate.

Many residents have painful memories of a 2013 wildfire that killed 19 members of an elite Prescott-based firefighting crew nearly four years to the date, and some struggled to leave their homes behind. Mayer has about 1,400 residents.

The blaze sparked June 17 by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds has grown to become the largest wildfire in the country and firefighting costs now top $7 million, state emergency managers said.

A new wildfire that broke out Tuesday has prompted evacuations for dozens more homes in San Bernardino County. The Frye Fire is about 70 miles northeast of Tucson, the second-largest city in Arizona.

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.

Crews in California, meanwhile, had to deal with two new powerful and fast-growing fires, and Arizona firefighters had to ground aircraft because of unauthorised drones over a blaze near Flagstaff.

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