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

Winds Push Brian Head Fire To Nearly 50000 Acres

Winds Push Brian Head Fire To Nearly 50000 Acres

It began shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday and grew quickly to half a square mile (1.3 sp. kilometers).

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

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. He said the next 24 hours will be critical and that the state will provide whatever support is necessary. Both directions of Highway 79 were temporarily closed from Beaumont Avenue to Gilman Springs Road.

A Southern California wildfire has prompted evacuation orders for dozens of homes.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/2uixPQi) reports that Mayer, Arizona, resident Terry Jackson put a garden hose to the roof after local authorities told him he had to evacuate. Jackson said his home is all he has and he has to protect it. Those fires have blackened a total of 150,000 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

Heavy smoke and haze are clouding Northwest Colorado skies Tuesday afternoon from a almost 50,000-acre wildfire ablaze in southwestern Utah.

It was nine days ago, a man in the states of Utah was burning weed in his backyard, which sparked a little fire, with adding the wind now the little fire transform into massive sets of wildfires that burnt down 67 square miles and left thousands homeless.

Firefighters battled high winds as they fought a blaze that has grown to 72 square miles (184 sq km) and burned 13 homes - larger than any other fire in the country now, state emergency managers said. It had burned more than 83 square miles (134 square kilometers) as of Tuesday.

In New Mexico, the Corral Fire reached about 17,000 acres and is burning with low to moderate intensity, according to New Mexico Fire Information.

An ongoing heat wave has shriveled brush and increased the fire risk throughout California.

And in California, a wildfire destroyed the home of "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki on a ranch in the San Luis Obsipo area, said Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor.

At last estimate, the nation's largest fire had caused an estimated $10 million in damage.

In an effort to get ahead of the flames, firefighters are carving out a containment line on a steep hill as planes drop fire retardant.

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for a few small communities.

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