Brian Head Fire continues to ravage southern Utah

Posted June 30, 2017

The wildfires burning in Utah and Arizona continue to be made worse by high temperatures, gusty winds, and dry thunderstorms. That's where the Brian Head Fire is located. "It doesn't help the situation and makes our job and the fire officials' jobs more hard". Dewey-Humboldt has about 4,000 residents, while Mayer has about 1,400. Thousands of residents from six nearby towns and subdivisions are still under evacuation orders.

Several helicopters and fire crews had to stop working for up to an hour because the drone posed a safety hazard.

Officials will search for the operators of drones flying in No Drone Zones, and criminal penalties including fines and imprisonment are applicable. Winds made conditions more unsafe for some 500 firefighters assigned to the inferno, and the blaze was just 1 percent contained on Tuesday night.

Flags are flying at half-mast in New Mexico in honour of a volunteer firefighter who died after being injured while battling a brush fire in eastern New Mexico last week.

"Officials say the fire now covers almost 67 square miles and is 10 percent contained".

Near San Luis Obispo, the so-called Hill Fire destroyed the home of Big Bang Theory actor Johnny Galecki. Mr. Craft said the fire should be completely contained within a day. Multiple homes are still threatened as well as a critical watershed, according to the statement.

More than 500 firefighters braced for windy conditions Tuesday as they continued to battle a northern Arizona wildfire that has burned 6.8 square miles. Investigators said they know who the culprit is, but they have not yet released the person's identity or what charges will be levelled. "750 people have been evacuated so far". Are there fires burning anywhere else? Yes. Homes there have been evacuated since June 17.

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In Arizona, firefighters had to ground aircraft after they spotted drones being flown near the fire, Bureau of Land Management spokesman Dennis Godfrey said.

Local authorities are investigating the incident.

That blaze consumed almost 1.4 square miles (3.6 square kilometers) of brush and closed State Route 14. Previous thinning in the area also helped to reduce the intensity of the blaze.

Firefighters on Sunday put in barriers against the flames and air tankers dropped fire retardant in anticipation of winds coming in from the southwest on Monday, officials said.

U.S. Forest Service officials and Utah state officials didn't immediately have information about logging requests in the area.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to visit the area Thursday.

The fire, which was sparked by a truck following a wreck, consumed at least 870 acres.