Utah wildfire destroys more than a dozen homes, hundreds at risk

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Fire officials in Utah say residents near an eight-square kilometre wildfire in Park City can’t return to their homes until later Thursday, at the earliest.

The blaze, started by lightning, has destroyed 14 homes, as well as other buildings, cars and boats, and some 250 other homes are threatened.

On Tuesday, lightning-sparked blazes devoured dry grass and brush across the West and burned to the edges of small communities in several states.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert confirmed late Tuesday that the wildfire sparked by lightning and burning near the mountain resort town of Park City also had destroyed at least 15 other structures such as vehicles, sheds and boats.

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

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