Arizona wildfire forces hundreds from homes

Arizona wildfire forces hundreds from homes

Firefighters were bracing for strong winds Monday as they fought a southern Utah wildfire that's forced more than 1,500 people from homes and cabins as crews in California got a handle on a brush fire that closed a freeway. The fire is about 10% contained. 13 homes have been destroyed.

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 town of Brian Head ordered an evacuation of all residents, and the number of people forced from their dwellings throughout the fire zone has climbed to 1,500, according to U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Jackson.

Resort officials are hoping for a reprieve to carry on with Fourth of July Festivities.

Fire officials in southern Idaho say quick responses to more than 20 wildfires sparked by thunderstorms in recent days have helped prevent small fires from turning into the type of giant fires that have scorched the region in recent decades. "None of Brian Head Resort's land or infrastructure have been burned or otherwise damaged". Riverside County sheriff's officials said they "accidentally" put out evacuation alerts to residents in cities where there is no fire, including Norco, Corona and Jurupa Valley.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released this statement about the smoke.

No injuries or fatalities have been reported, a sign that people in the area are following evacuation notices.


Andrew Craft is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An aerial photo of wildfires burning across nearly 50,000 acres near the ski resort of Brian Head, about 245 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah is shown in this handout photo provided June 27, 2017.

Steve Bloch, legal attorney with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, said Noel's comments were "shameful" in their attempt to politicize a fire.

Also on Monday, a national fire prevention team landed in Salt Lake City to devise a statewide strategy going forward. Containment reached 40 percent Tuesday. Are there fires burning anywhere else? Yes.

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.

Another California wildfire, sparked by a traffic accident on a remote stretch of highway 80 miles (129km) east of Los Angeles, has grown to almost two square miles (more than 500 hectares) in just a few hours.

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