US Crews battle wildfire that forced Utah ski town to evacuate

21:47  19 june  2017
21:47  19 june  2017 Source:   Associated Press

New Mexico fire prompts evacuation of as many as 200

  New Mexico fire prompts evacuation of as many as 200 A fast-moving wildfire burned at least 600 acres in northern New Mexico on Thursday, prompting the evacuation of as many as 200 people and led the governor to activate the state emergency operations center. The flames were spreading quickly through an area of the Jemez Mountains west of Los Alamos along New Mexico Highway 4. A towering plume of smoke could be seen from miles away.Santa Fe National Forest spokeswoman Julie Ann Overton said the fire was about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away from Los Alamos and burn scars from previous fires in the area may keep it from hitting the city.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Crews are continuing to fight a wildfire that shut down a highway and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from a ski town in southwestern Utah . Firefighters say the blaze near Brian Head has destroyed one home and damaged another

June 17 (UPI) -- A fast-moving wildfire officials said was sparked by human action forced officials to order a full evacuation of a Utah ski resort town . Town marshals in Brian Head, Utah , ordered the entire town evacuated as a wildfire that already engulfed 350 acres in just a few hours Saturday

Smoke rises between the trees as a wildfire burns along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head, Utah. Firefighters were hoping to have a blaze near a southwestern Utah ski town 10 percent contained by Sunday. Some 750 residents and visitors have been evacuated. No injuries have been reported.Leah Hogsten /The Salt Lake Tribune via AP): Smoke rises between the trees as a wildfire burns along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head, Utah. Firefighters were hoping to have a blaze near a southwestern Utah ski town 10 percent contained by Sunday. Some 750 residents and visitors have been evacuated. No injuries have been reported. Leah Hogsten /The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) © The Associated Press Smoke rises between the trees as a wildfire burns along State Route 143, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the primary road to the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head, Utah. Firefighters were hoping to have a blaze near a southwestern Utah ski town 10 percent contained by Sunday. Some 750 residents and visitors have been evacuated. No injuries have been reported. Leah Hogsten /The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — Crews are battling a wildfire that shut down a highway and forced hundreds of people to flee a ski town in southwestern Utah.

Firefighters say the blaze near the town of Brian Head has destroyed one home and damaged another, with many more homes under threat from the fire that's torched roughly 1½ square miles (2 square kilometers).

About 750 people have been evacuated from the town and a 15-mile (24-kilometer) stretch of Highway 143 was closed.

Hot weather is expected to be a challenge for firefighters battling the human-caused blaze that grew exponentially over the weekend.

In New Mexico, residents have gone home and a highway that was forced to close through a popular mountain range is back open as firefighters mop up one blaze in the state.

Utah wildfire grows as firefighters battle California blazes .
SALT LAKE CITY — The nation's largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake.Firefighters battled high winds as they fought a fire that has grown to 72 square miles (184 square kilometers) and burned 13 homes — larger than any other fire in the country now, state emergency managers said.Some flames reached 100 feet high, while fire crews faced dry, windy conditions Tuesday and a "high potential" for extreme fire behavior, officials said late Monday.

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