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Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California

28 June 2017

Officials said the wildfire made a run toward the Indian Hollow area late Tuesday.

More than 500 firefighters, including six hotshot crews, were battling the blaze, which was 1 percent contained as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the fire is the state's top priority. The blaze burned more than 83 square miles as of Tuesday.

More than 100 residents were forced to evacuate their Santa Clarita homes Tuesday when a blaze threatened 80 homes in the Southern California town.

The fire was ignited by human activity, but officials said they were still investigating the precise cause. Two of the largest are in southern Arizona and Utah. State emergency officials told the AP on Monday the weather conditions have "high potential" for creating even more "extreme" fire behavior.

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And 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 2.5-square-mile fire (4-square-kilometer) fire was 60 percent contained Wednesday morning. Firefighters have established containment lines around about a quarter of the fire.

Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the wildfire, facing 100-foot flames along with very dry conditions and winds that have been gusting up to 30 miles per hour, leaving a "high potential" for "extreme" fire behavior, officials said late Monday.

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for a few small communities.

About 1,500 people have been evacuated from the Bear Valley area and the American Red Cross is providing shelter and aid to those evacuees at Panguitch High School in Parowan. The blaze has since spread about 20 miles east, near Panguitch Lake, according to the Associated Press. A wildfire surging out of control on California's Central Coast has forced around 250 people to evacuate from their homes.

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The Utah fire began near the ski resort town of Brian Head, which is known as a weekend getaway destination for Las Vegas residents. Area residents do not need to call the Forest Service Office about the smoke unless they can see the base of a fire, Thompson said.

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.

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands said the Brian Head Fire in southwest Utah has grown to almost 50,000 acres as containment stalls at 10 percent.

The heat in the West and Southwest is blamed for the deaths of two people in California, and it could have been a factor in the deaths of two hikers whose bodies were found in New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Similarly, an incident sparked a massive wildfire in California, which was when a vehicle in Los Angeles crashed into a tree, which sparked a fire that spread around quickly due to humidity and burnt nearly 750 acres of land in just three hours.

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Firefighters battle wildfires in Arizona, Utah, California