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West’s Wildfire Season Roars On As Utah Homes Burn

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File photo of the wildfire burning in Utah.  (credit: Mark Lewis/Getty Images)

File photo of the wildfire burning in Utah. (credit: Mark Lewis/Getty Images)

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WANSHIP, Utah (AP) — A wildfire has destroyed 10 to 15 structures and forced the evacuation of hundreds of exclusive Utah homes as lightning-sparked blazes devoured dry grass and brush across the West and burned to the edges of small communities in several states.

Fire crews were actively fighting fires in about a dozen Western states, where drought has dried out the landscape and contributed to the extreme fire behavior. Health officials, meanwhile, monitored air quality in areas that have been blanketed by smoke for days.

In Utah, shifting winds pushed the fire toward a community dotted with multimillion-dollar homes near the mountain resort of Park City. Mike Eriksson of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands says the fire burned about 2 square miles Tuesday, and flames were about 100 acres from some homes on a ridgeline.

He says authorities have confirmed at least three of the 10 to 15 structures burned were homes.

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