Arizona governor: Wildfire is top priority

Arizona governor: Wildfire is top priority

This Saturday, June 24, 2017, photo, shows a cabin near Panguitch Lake near Panguitch, Utah., that was not burned by a wildfire.

What they are saying "Things change day-to-day".

It was nine days ago, a man in the states of Utah was burning weed in his backyard, which sparked a little fire, with adding the wind now the little fire transform into massive sets of wildfires that burnt down 67 square miles and left thousands homeless.

As of Tuesday morning, the blaze had scorched almost 50,000 acres, the bulk of that in the Dixie National Forest, with crews managing to carve containment lines around just 10 percent of the fire's perimeter, officials said. In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency on Friday as more than 20 wildfires burned in the state.

Parts of two state highways are closed because of the fire. Another wildfire in Arizona forced the evacuation of a town with about 1,400 residents.

Even as shovel- and chainsaw-wielding crews and bulldozers moved into the rugged, remote smoke-enshrouded hills near Iron County's Red Creek Reservoir, about 8 miles east of Paragonah, other crews continued to painstaking work of strengthening and extending fire breaks and lines on the eastern and southern edges of the blaze.

The wildfire has already forced over 1,500 people from their homes, and so far, 13 homes have been destroyed.

The Arizona wildfire charred more than 28 square miles (72 square kilometers) and forced the evacuation of the town of Mayer and other areas as a precaution.

"It's burning in an area that hasn't seen fire for 40 years", said Tiffany Davila, spokeswoman for the ‎Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

In addition, a U.S. Forest Service researcher said logging probably would not have made a big difference in the high-altitude fire that is sending embers from tree-to-tree over long distances - normal for the ecosystem.

CAL FIRE said on June 22 that firefighters have responded to 1,878 wildfires, burning over 19,000 acres, since January 1, representing a threefold increase compared with the same time previous year.

Sheriff's deputies began helping residents of the Disney Ranch, Tenderfoot Trail Road, Running Horse Road and Placerita Canyon areas to evacuate and affected residents were told to seek shelter at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita.

Meanwhile in California, firefighters had two major blazes under enough control to allow evacuated residents to return to their homes. The fire burned about 1,600 acres.

A half-square-mile (1.4 sq. kilometer) wildfire erupted and quickly surged in hot, dry, windy weather near Highland in San Bernardino County.