Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Manzanita Fire continues to burn at 5000 acres, evacuation warning in place

Manzanita Fire continues to burn at 5000 acres, evacuation warning in place

Emergency crews have managed to contain only 9 percent of the Brian Head fire since it started. Although about 175 people who live near Panguitch Lake were allowed to briefly return to their homes Sunday. Crews are facing dry, windy conditions and a "high potential" for extreme fire behavior. Almost 1,000 firefighters battled a Utah wildfire that grew. The fire has grown to almost two square miles.

As of Tuesday morning, the blaze had scorched almost 50,000 acres, the bulk of that in the Dixie National Forest, with crews managing to carve containment lines around just 10 percent of the fire's perimeter, officials said.

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

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, one of the environmental groups Noel blamed, said climate change and suppressing naturally occurring fires are the reasons Utah's forests are inordinately flammable.

About 1,500 people have been evacuated from the Bear Valley area and the American Red Cross is providing shelter and aid to those evacuees at Panguitch High School in Parowan.

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. The blaze burning in Riverside County about 80 miles east of Los Angeles is only 10 percent contained Tuesday morning, June 27.

Officials say almost 1,500 structures are still threatened.

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

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.

Another large blaze in Arizona dubbed the Frye Fire has charred almost 40,000 acres since it was sparked by lightning on June 7 near Mount Graham, but it was more than 40 percent contained by Tuesday, authorities said. John Cammack was left with severe burns after falling from a fire engine when the winds shifted and the flames changed direction.

The blaze was first reported at around 3 p.m. after a single-car crash near Lamb Canyon sparked a 30-acre fire that quickly began to spread at a "critical rate", officials said.

Nearly 300 miles north of the Frye Fire, the Goodwin Fire in Mayer, Arizona gained ground on Tuesday night, authorities said.

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