Vehicle accident sparks major wildfire in California

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The Weather Channel is describing the Brian Head Fire as the largest active wildfire in the U.S. On Tuesday, authorities evacuated additional homes and cabins near the site of a wildfire, which has burned more than 77 square miles near the ski town of Brian Head.

Bloch said his group hasn't challenged logging in the area of the Utah fire in two decades.

Another stubborn wildfire is burning in southern Utah.

The fire has burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers).

The fire, dubbed the Manzanita Fire, started about 3:10 p.m. on Lambs Canyon near Dump Road following a single vehicle crash, the Riverside County Fire Department said in a news release.

Many residents have painful memories of a 2013 wildfire that killed 19 members of an elite Prescott-based firefighting crew nearly four years to the date, and some struggled to leave their homes behind.

Making matters worse, low humidity and strong winds were expected to arrive in Utah on Tuesday, causing worries that the fire could spread further north.

That includes a new incident command center for those battling the blaze.

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"Everyone who has been evacuated over the past few days remains evacuated", Jackson said, citing both the fluid nature of firefighting efforts and continuing work to clear area roads of debris and restore electrical services.

Officials ordered the evacuation of 1,400 residents in the central Arizona town of Mayer Tuesday afternoon as a large wildfire continued to advance on the area.

Many residents have painful memories of a 2013 wildfire that killed 19 members of a Prescott-based hotshot firefighting crew nearly exactly four years ago.

A fierce wildfire that has destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 residents raged largely unchecked in southwestern Utah for an 11th day, as an army of firefighters struggled to corral the flames. Officials have said the blaze near the ski town of Brian Head was sparked June 17 by a weed-burning torch.

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 previous year. Several wildfires in the West are contributing to smoky conditions throughout Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, according to NOAA.

The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometers).

The fire has reached into remote areas of Dixie National Forest, where heavy fuel is continuing to feed it. Briggs said when it emerges from there, firefighters hope to get a better handle on it as it moves into lighter sagebrush.

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