Utah's Brian Head Fire grows to 50000 acres as containment stalls

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Stiff winds and hot temperatures have made the Utah blaze the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 sq. kilometers).

By Tuesday evening, more than 1,600 firefighters were assigned to the conflagration, backed by an aerial force of 13 water-dropping helicopters.

Utah Fire Info tweeted Wednesday that 276 of 303 wildfires sparked in the the state this year have been human-caused, and urged people to avoid using any objects that can spark a wildfire near dry vegitation. More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze that's near the small town where 19 members of an elite firefighting unit were killed while battling a blaze four years ago.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the fire is the state's top priority.

The so-called Goodwin fire has burned almost 31 square miles of land in Prescott National Forest, according to KPNX. Several wildfires in the West are contributing to smoky conditions throughout Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, according to NOAA.

California is free of extreme fire danger warnings after a long period of high heat but firefighters are still working to contain wildland blazes up and down the state, including one that destroyed the home of a "Big Bang Theory" star.

CBS Los Angeles reports Galecki was not home at the time, according to his spokeswoman, Nicole Perna.

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Fire crews had contained 5 percent of the fire that is scorching areas 14 miles south of Prescott. It has spread several kilometres east to an area around Panguitch Lake, a popular spot for fishing.

In an effort to get ahead of the flames, firefighters are carving out a containment line on a steep hill as planes drop fire retardant. An evacuation order is in place for the area around the small town of Santa Margarita about 10 miles north of the city of San Luis Obispo.

Authorities said Tuesday that Mayer's post office has been closed until further notice because of the fire, which was fanned Tuesday by 35 miles per hour winds.

The Utah fire began near the ski resort town of Brian Head, which is known as a weekend getaway destination for Las Vegas residents. A wildfire surging out of control on California's Central Coast has forced around 250 people to evacuate from their homes.

Crews in California, meanwhile, were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly, and Arizona firefighters had to ground aircraft because of unauthorized drones over a fire near Flagstaff. Homes there have been evacuated since June 17 since authorities said the fire was started by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds on private land.

In Arizona, a wildfire that has charred more than 28 square miles (72 square kilometers) burned and forced the evacuation of the town of Mayer, population about 1,400, and other areas as a precaution.

Yavapai County Emergency Management Coordinator Denny Foulk said there are about 2,000 residents in the area affected by the fire and 3,000 structures in the evacuated area were at risk but officials were not immediately sure how many are homes.

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