Biggest Blaze in the US: Utah Battling Nation's Largest Active Wildfire

This map of the Goodwin Fire was released Wednesday at 1:30 p.m

This map of the Goodwin Fire was released Wednesday at 1:30 p.m

The blaze broke out late Monday afternoon and quickly grew to almost 1.5 square miles, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Authorities said that fire was likely caused by a weed torch.

Insisting that logging could have cleaned up dead, bug-infested trees that are fueling a Utah wildfire, a Republican state lawmaker blamed federal mismanagement and lawsuits by "tree hugger" environmentalists for the blaze that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.

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.

Crews battle the Manzanita Fire on June 26, 2017. Do they know how the fire started? Yes. "Box Elder County already has had three significant fires for June - the Murray Hills Fire, the Portage Fire and the Long Ridge Fire that was contained Saturday". Officials said the cause of the blaze is still unknown.

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Burke Wilkerson, Brian Head resort vice president and general manager, said he hoped to open for the busy summer season as soon as possible after the main highway to the town is opened.

The fire near Brian Head, Utah has now burned more than 58,000 acres and is only 15 percent contained, according to the Interagency Fire Center.

The Brian Head Fire has burned more than 48,000 acres and prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins.

"The fire is massive", the caller said, urging the dispatcher to send an officer immediately to "talk to this landowner before he burns down Brian Head". "We need help", the caller says.

Wildfires continue to tear through parts of the western USA, and the region's dry conditions are literally fanning the flames. The Frye Fire is about 70 miles northeast of Tucson, the second-largest city in Arizona.

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One firefigther who operates a water tender just returned from the Highline fire in Arizona and was fighting the Mack Shaft near Vernal before that, Reinhold said. About half of those are deployed to other areas at any one time during the summer, he said.

Firefighters in southern Utah are in quite a battle these days.

A fire sparked by a traffic collision in California's Placerita Canyon is the latest blaze to hit the West amid a deadly heatwave.

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.

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