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What you need to know about the Utah wildfires

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In the coming weeks, thousands of Utah residents will be forced to evacuate their homes as firefighters battle the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history.

The fires, which have burned more than 2,600 acres in the Salt Lake Valley, have burned at a pace of more than 40 acres per hour and have been fueled by a buildup of smoke and smoke-related gases.

The fire has been burning for nearly four weeks.

Firefighters are battling to contain the blaze in a state where more than 300 wildfires have been started since the start of the year.

The fires have killed at least 15 people, forced hundreds of homes to be destroyed and forced the closure of more in Utah.

The National Weather Service warned Sunday night that the wildfire could become a “severe fire” and a “major threat” to the state if it does not burn out by Monday.

Gov.

Gary Herbert said Sunday that Utah was on track to have more than 100,000 people displaced by the fires, according to a news release from his office.

The wildfire has prompted the evacuation of more that 4,600 people from their homes, according the Associated Press.

That includes some 1,200 Utahns who were in their homes when the fire started, the AP reported.

The state has been working closely with the federal government to assist communities in the wake of the wildfires.

Herbert has ordered a temporary state of emergency for Salt Lake County, the Associated Statesman-Idaho Statesman reported.

Gov.-elect Ben Nighthorse said in a statement Sunday that he is taking action to ensure the state has enough resources to fight the fires.

Gov-elect Ben Yoho said in the statement that his administration will work closely with state and federal officials to ensure Utah’s infrastructure is prepared to withstand and respond to a major wildfire.

Gov Herbert, a Republican, is the longest-serving governor in Utah history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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