Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes

Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes

It was climbing ridges and moving away from homes but came frighteningly close to a subdivision, prompting the evacuations, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gerrelaine Alcordo said. Which areas have been affected?

The fire, the country's largest active blaze, started near the ski town of Brian Head on June 17. The blaze has since spread about 20 miles east, near Panguitch Lake, according to the Associated Press.

On California's Central Coast, evacuation orders remain in place for sparsely populated rural areas of San Luis Obispo County east of the town of Santa Margarita due to a almost 2-square-mile (5 sq. kilometer) fire.

California is free of extreme fire danger warnings after a long period of high heat but firefighters are still working to contain wildland blazes up and down the state, including one that destroyed the home of a "Big Bang Theory" star. What are the conditions like?

Daytime temperatures in the upper-80s were expected to continue through the midweek in Iron County, with highs elsewhere in the state ranging from northern Utah's low-90s to well over 100 degrees in southwestern Utah.

"Horse Valley will be an area of concern (Monday), but crews have begun to prepare for this using dozers and retardant dropped from air tankers to establish indirect firelines", Brian Head town said on its Facebook page.

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Two people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries in connection to the accident, according to officials.

Most of the fire's latest spread occurred on its northern flank, as winds up to 30 miles per hour propelled flames into parched old growth conifer, beetle-killed timber, sagebrush and grass.

A wildfire surging out of control on California's Central Coast has forced around 250 people to evacuate from their homes.

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

Nara Visa Fire Chief Gary Girard told The Eastern New Mexico News that John Cammack was severely burned after falling from a fire engine when the winds shifted and the flames changed direction. The Arizona Republic reports another unauthorized drone was spotted Sunday, temporarily halting aerial efforts to put out a fire northwest of Flagstaff that is 88 percent contained.

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.

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