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Utah politician blames 'tree-huggers' for Brian Head Fire

Utah politician blames 'tree-huggers' for Brian Head Fire

The estimated firefighting costs now top 7 million USA dollars (£5.5 million) for a fire which started on June 17 near the Brian Head Resort by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds, they said. This Saturday, June 24, 2017, photo, shows a cabin near Panguitch Lake near Panguitch, Utah., that was not burned by a wildfire.

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.

The largest wildfire in the nation has forced the evacuations of more than 1,500 residents, destroyed 13 homes and charred 49,000 acres near Brian Head resort in southern Utah, officials said Tuesday.

The communities of Pine Flat and Breezy Pines already have been evacuated with potential evacuations ordered for Walker, Potato Patch Campground, Mountain Pines Acres and Mount Union if the fire continues to grow, Yavapai County spokesman David McAtee said.

"We thank the many courageous men and women who have stepped up and responded to wildfires around Arizona", Ducey said. She said it has been an "emotional rollercoaster" for her and her grandparents, who live part of the year at a cabin near the fire.

Wildfires have forced evacuations in several states.

Firefighters working in high temperatures are battling the wildfire in the Beaumont area of Riverside County, where residents have been warned they may need to evacuate. The fire is about 9 percent contained.

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The Manzanita Fire started in Lambs Canyon, off Highway 79 N. near Dump Rd., Monday afternoon.

Fire officials in southern Idaho say quick responses to more than 20 wildfires sparked by thunderstorms in recent days have helped prevent small fires from turning into the type of giant fires that have scorched the region in recent decades.

Almost 1,000 firefighters battled a Utah wildfire that grew Sunday morning that has prompted the evacuation of over a 1,000 people from hundreds of homes and cabins.

The Utah fire began near the ski resort town of Brian Head, generally known for weekend getaway homes for Las Vegas residents.

"Wildfires could start easily and grow rapidly, becoming hard to control", according to the Weather Service alert.

"Firefighters are being directed to not put themselves in situations where the risks are high and probability of success is low", the Prescott National Forest said in a statement.

Fire crews were driving through the evacuation areas, making sure no one is stranded and trying to get out.