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Crews in California, meanwhile, had to deal with two new powerful and fast-growing fires, and Arizona firefighters had to ground aircraft because of unauthorised drones over a blaze near Flagstaff. Thirteen homes and eight outbuildings have been destroyed.

The fire erupted on June 17 near the ski resort of Brian Head, Utah, about 30 miles northeast of Zion National Park, and spread quickly as high winds drove flames into dense forests, threatening homes in nearby communities.

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. Although about 175 people who live near Panguitch Lake were allowed to briefly return to their homes Sunday. What are the conditions like?

A community meeting with members of the incident management team and local leaders is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium at Panguitch High School, 390 E. 100 South.

An aerial photo of wildfires burning across nearly 50,000 acres near the ski resort of Brian Head, about 245 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah is shown in this handout photo provided June 27, 2017. As of Tuesday, officials said only 5 percent of the fire had been contained. Are there fires burning anywhere else? Yes. The blaze broke out Monday afternoon and had grown to 200 hectares within a few hours.

Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California

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.

Two people were taken to hospital after the crash and subsequent auto blaze that caused the wildfire on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters also responded to other smaller fires across the region.

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. Arizona Firefighters here had to ground aircraft because of unauthorised drones over a fire near Flagstaff. The Arizona Republic reports another unauthorized drone was spotted Sunday, temporarily halting aerial efforts to put out a fire northwest of Flagstaff that is 88 percent contained.

A conservation group called that contention "shameful" and misleading, saying it fails to take into account climate change and drought. - Brian Head resort spokesman Mark Wilder "Until it is totally out, you won't know if you will be ok", - resident Randi Powell.


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