Wildfires erupting across America's West alarm officials

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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.

More than 1,500 people have been forced from their homes by the largest wildfire burning in the United States.

It's so far been worse than the last 3 years, said Jason Curry, spokesman for the Utah Division of Forestry and State Lands.

Some flames reached 100ft (30m) high, while fire crews faced dry, windy conditions on Tuesday and a "high potential" for extreme fire behaviour, officials said late on Monday.

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.

Those statistics don't count any of the fires that began burning in June, including the 27 fires now burning across 11 states.

The fire remains under investigation and no citations have been issued. Investigators said they know who the culprit is, but they have not yet released the person's identity or what charges will be levelled. On Wednesday, the fire reportedly burned through a dense Arizona forest north of Phoenix in the same area where 19 firefighters died fighting wildfires four years ago.

"We are a good 12 miles away from the fire".

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The Utah firefighters could face more challenges on Monday because the National Weather Service warned of critical fire weather conditions with gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidity.

By Wednesday, the Goodwin Fire had consumed 21,000 acres (84.9 square km) and caused the evacuations of hundreds from their homes.

Some 20 large fires are blazing in the West as the fire season gets under way.

"When we turned the forest service over to the bird- and bunny-lovers and the treehuggers and the rock-lickers, we turned our history over", Noel said at a press conference this week.

And yet another Weber Fire District crew of three was deployed Monday to the Brian Head fire, he said.

The Brian Head Fire has burned almost 50,000 acres as of Tuesday morning. "When we say go, you need to go", said Capt. Chris Kemp, Cal-Fire Riverside. "These fires can start with anything, just a small spark can start a huge fire", said Adams.

Residents and visitors returning to the burned areas will likely see smoke coming from the interior of the fire where heavily timbered areas may continue to smolder.

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