Utah officials blame lack of logging for major wildfire

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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. Jonathon Hodgkiss of Lone Peak Engines out of Utah accepts a doughnut and lemonade from Skylee Hatch as fire crews return from fighting a wildfire near the ski town of Brian Head Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in P.

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.

Firefighters said Wednesday the fire near the ski resort town of Brian Head grew by almost 6 square miles (10 square kilometers), even though winds weren't quite as fierce as they feared.

Wildfire crews in southern Utah braced themselves Monday for the possibility that winds might expand the Brian Head fire northward.

State fire officials canceled the evacuation orders for dozens of homes on Tuesday night. In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency on Friday as more than 20 wildfires burned in the state. He said the dead trees are the fuel needed for a devastating fire to spread. Till now, more than 16 million residents of wildfire affected regions spreading over three western states suffering from multiple calamities, which are heat waves and increasing temperature and ever increasing wildfires at another. The fire is about 9 percent contained.

Firefighters in California and Arizona have managed to maintain smaller wildfires that broke out in various areas recently.

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"It's burning in an area that hasn't seen fire for 40 years", said Tiffany Davila, spokeswoman for the ‎Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

Mayer has about 1,400 residents, and a shelter was set up at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley. The fire in the near the ski town of Brian Head, generally known for weekend getaway homes for Las Vegas residents, is about 10 percent contained.

Authorities believe the fire was started over a week ago by someone using a weed torch in bone dry conditions.

By Monday evening, the fire covered 760 acres, with 75% containment, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Nearly 1 million more acres had burned by Thursday, compared with the 10-year average through June 22.

A wildfire in a rugged inland area of Southern California grew subst.

A half-square-mile (1.4 sq. kilometer) wildfire erupted and quickly surged in hot, dry, windy weather near Highland in San Bernardino County.

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