Western wildfires so large, can be seen from space

Brian Head Utah on Friday. Credit Stuart Johnson  The Deseret News via Associated Press

Brian Head Utah on Friday. Credit Stuart Johnson The Deseret News via Associated Press

Utah crews Monday were wrapping up from a busy weekend of fires and preparing for the coming weekend because "very windy and dry conditions" are expected, Curry said.

The fire is one of several burning up thousands of acres across the U.S. Southwest.

Wildfires already have caused far more destruction than usual in the first half of 2017, meteorologist Haley Brink of the CNN Weather Center said.

Crews in California, meanwhile, are dealing with two new powerful and fast-growing fires.

The fire started near the ski resort town of Brain Head, which often features getaway homes for Las Vegas residents and Utahns, the AP reported.

Ducey said in a statement Wednesday that his office is receiving constant updates from state fire officials.

"Not only do our hearts go out to those who have been displaced, but our attention and resources are focused heavily on containing the fire and protecting property and lives", he said". "These guys are working their hind ends off and really are heroes", said Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins.

Rice said fires are always a threat, especially during the summer.

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"We really need people to stop spreading rumors", Schlosser said. But that has not stopped them worrying. About half of those are deployed to other areas at any one time during the summer, he said.

Firefighters hope to have the fire contained by July 15.

If the events can happen, they are likely to be scaled back with fewer visitors - and with no fireworks, he said, adding that they are hopeful but realistic.

A conservation group called that contention "shameful" and misleading, saying it fails to take into account climate change and drought. "This thing has been a beast".

In California, a wildfire destroyed the home of "Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki on a ranch in the San Luis Obsipo area, said Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor. The fire has grown to almost two square miles (365 hectares). The blaze was 10% contained. Do they know how the fire started? Yes.

More than 1,100 firefighters are in Utah with dozens of engines and helicopters.

The fast-moving fire was ignited after a traffic collision and has authorities warning residents about possible evacuations. Arizona Firefighters here had to ground aircraft because of unauthorised drones over a fire near Flagstaff.

A 400-acre (162-hectare) fire in Mariposa County on the western Sierra foothills is 10 percent surrounded.

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