There are currently 97 large fires burning in the US, scorching a total of 2,147,446 acres, the NIFC said.
Parleys Canyon Fire evacuations could last until Thursday for some
As the Parleys Canyon Fire grew over the weekend, more than 6,000 homes east of Salt Lake City were evacuated Saturday afternoon.
Critical fire weather is in the forecast Tuesday for parts of central Nevada and extreme northwest Utah, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. Cooler air will push into the region, but it will also be very dry and windy, increasing the risk for wildfires, Guy said.
The evacuations affected homes in the communities of Summit Park, Pine Brook, Lambs Canyon and Mill Creek, according to the Utah Department of Natural Resources.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office urged residents to leave their homes for both their own safety as well as first responders’.
Dixie Fire continues to grow
Three first responders have been injured while fighting to the Dixie Fire in Northern California. There are no reports of fatalities, Cal Fire said.
The wildfire, which started last month, has destroyed 1,173 structures and damaged 80 others. More than 14,000 structures are threatened by flames.
Evacuation orders are in place for parts of Plumas, Lassen and Tehama counties. Evacuation warnings are in effect for parts of Butte County.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
CNN’s Aya Elamroussi, Sarah Moon, Alta Spells, Jenn Selva and Andy Rose contributed to this report.