Brian Head Fire has burned almost 50000 acres

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The largest, the so-called Brian Head fire in southern Utah, has burned 13 homes and forced 1,500 people to evacuate, Inciweb reports.

Hundreds of families have been evacuated, thousands of acres are torched, and the flames are still burning out of control.

In Arizona, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management said in a statement that the Goodwin Fire, which started about 14 miles south of Prescott on Saturday, had burned almost 4,400 acres of land in the Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest.

A map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates a swath of moderately dense to thick smoke blowing northeast through Utah and into Wyoming, and dipping back down through western Colorado.

Steve Bloch, legal director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, said Noel's assertion is an over-simplification of wildfires that are the result of fire suppression, climate change, drought and unpredictable winds. "We need help", the caller says. While the cause of many of these fires is still under investigation, firefighters said a significant amount of them are man-made and could have been prevented.

Agencies assisting in battling the blaze include Cities of Corona, Riverside, Palm Springs and Hemet Fire Departments; City of Murrieta and Idyllwild Fire Protection Districts, March Reserve Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department and the Riverside County Emergency Management Department. Firefighters have established containment lines around about a quarter of the fire.

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"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". Another wildfire in Arizona forced the evacuation of a town with about 1,400 residents.

#GoodwinFire at 18,000 acres @PrescottNF.

"It has been a pretty busy June", said Richard Cooper, Weber County warden over wildland fire. Winds also creating unsafe conditions.

The fire in California started Sunday afternoon in Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to shut down all lanes of a highway and send crews to fight the blaze that quickly grew to more than 1 square mile (2.6 square kilometers), fed by tinder-dry brush and driven by winds in stifling heat. The fire, which started Monday by a auto crash, is 43 percent contained.

Another large blaze in Arizona dubbed the Frye Fire has charred almost 40,000 acres since it was sparked by lightning on June 7 near Mount Graham, but it was more than 40 percent contained by Tuesday, authorities said.

The blaze broke out late Monday afternoon and quickly grew to almost 1.5 square miles, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. Graham in southeastern Arizona is 43 percent contained.

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