More evacuations in wildfire near Utah ski resort town

More evacuations in wildfire near Utah ski resort town

More evacuations in wildfire near Utah ski resort town

Almost 1,000 firefighters battled a Utah wildfire that grew Sunday morning to almost 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins.

Authorities said Monday they're ordering more evacuations at the fire that has torched more than 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and cost more than $7 million to fight.

The area where the Brian Head Fire is burning east of Cedar City, Utah could see southwest winds gusting up to 39 miles per hour Monday afternoon while the relative humidity bottoms out at 12 percent. The fire has also burned in the Dixie National Forest. In Southern California, a wildfire broke out after a vehicle crashed on a freeway.

Evacuation orders were also issued for nearby mountain communities that are generally known for its weekend getaway homes for Las Vegas residents. One structure was destroyed and a television news van had major burn damage. Roughly 1,500 residents have been evacuated since the fire started. The wildfire has already forced an evacuation of over 1,500 people, according to local broadcaster KUTV. As of Monday, the area remained under a warning from the National Weather Service that "gusty winds and low humidities will combine to cause critical fire weather conditions this afternoon".

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Wildfires continue to tear through parts of the western US, and the region's dry conditions are literally fanning the flames. In Utah, more than a thousand firefighters are still struggling to contain a huge fire that started on June 17 near Brian Head, a ski town.

Authorities on Monday will send a second team of firefighters to help try to put it out. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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