Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California

Meantime, crews reported having established a perimeter around the Stream Fire, which had burned 8,146 acres of high desert grasslands along the Utah-Idaho border, southwest of Snowville.

More than 900 personnel are battling the fire, which started June 7.

"[We are] watching the fire closely and mopping up, hoping to put out any hot spots that may kick up sparks in the wind", said Fire Information Officer Mitch Zundel.

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

CAL FIRE/Riverside County firefighters are on the scene.

A major wildfire in southern Utah, United States, has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins.

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.

Officials have said the fire was started June 17 by someone using a weed-burning torch.

While some homeowners had been allowed to make brief visits to retrieve needed items from homes they fled earlier, the bulk of 1,500 evacuees from the ski resort town of Brian Head and the communities of Upper Bear Valley, Panguitch Lake, Horse Valley, Beaver Dam, Castle Valley, Blue Springs, Rainbow Meadows, Mammoth Creek, Dry Lakes and Second Left Hand Canyon remained under evacuation orders Wednesday. More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze.

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As for the wildfires in California, about 10 percent of the blaze scorching up Riverside County-80 miles from Los Angeles-has been contained, according to local reports.

The Brian Head Fire is now the largest wildfire burning in the U.S.

A brush fire in Southern California climbed the hillside near a Los Angeles freeway and forced road closures and evacuations on Sunday (June 26).

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.

The estimated firefighting costs now top 7 million U.S. dollars (£5.5 million) for a fire which started on June 17 near the Brian Head Resort by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds, they said.

The Arizona wildfire charred more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers) and forced the evacuation of the town of Mayer and other areas as a precaution.

Fire crews were driving through the evacuation areas, making sure no one is stranded and trying to get out.

CAL FIRE said on June 22 that firefighters have responded to 1,878 wildfires, burning over 19,000 acres, since January 1, representing a threefold increase compared with the same time a year ago.

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