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Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US

Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US
Francis Olson | 28 June, 2017, 21:46

At least 1,200 acres have burned in a wildfire near Beaumont.

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

CHP requested to close Highway 79 in both directions at Gilman Springs.

The blaze was burning in the southeastern area of Santa Clarita, a city of some 181,500 residents.

CAL FIRE/Riverside County firefighters are on the scene.

Another out-of-control wildfire, this one on California's Central Coast, has forced more than 200 people to evacuate near San Luis Obispo.

"Most of the fire activity has occurred in the areas outside and north of town, and due to the extraordinary efforts of firefighters, Brian Head Resort, the town of Brian Head and other local businesses have been unaffected by the fire", Wilkerson said.

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. However, firefighters haven't been so lucky in southern Utah, where 100-foot flames are engulfing an area near the Brian Head Ski Resort. More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze.

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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.

The wildfire in southern Utah has grown to become the largest active blaze in the United States.

Firefighters said Wednesday the fire near the ski resort town of Brian Head grew by almost 6 square miles (10 square kilometers), even though winds weren't quite as fierce as they feared. Till now, more than 16 million residents of wildfire affected regions spreading over three western states suffering from multiple calamities, which are heat waves and increasing temperature and ever increasing wildfires at another.

The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometers).

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for a few small communities.

The Arizona wildfire charred more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers) and forced the evacuation of the town of Mayer and other areas as a precaution.

In California, crews were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly.

Authorities believe the fire was started over a week ago by someone using a weed torch in bone dry conditions.

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