Nightly News | June 23, 2012
>> states wouldn't be able to stand down anytime soon. two wildfires pose the biggest dangers and a new inferno threatening homes in utah.
>> reporter: north of salt lake city thick smoke swept over a town where 18,000 live. and firefighters are not in con control yet. more than 2,000 people have been evacuated.
>> i wondered where the heck i was.
>> reporter: in colorado's high park fire near fort collins , the flames have scorched more than 100 square miles of forest land and evacuees who had returned home have been forced to leave again.
>> i don't know what the fire behavior is right now.
>> reporter: firefighters here lost ground friday shifting winds colorado's worst ever now hast way contained.
>> it is going to burn for a long time.
>> reporter: sustained gusting winds and temperatures approaching triple digits are driving the western fires. it is the warm, dry winter just past following know filled winters.
>> all of the vegetation that sprouted up is now dry and sitting there and fueling those fires.
>> reporter: the national fire center says this year more than 25,000 fires that burned nearly 1.2 million acres and it is only june. the ten year average for a full season around 35,000 fires scorching 1.76 million acres. yes the monsoon season is coming.
>> also bring with it lightening which could spark more wildfires.
>> reporter: leading to fears that the worst is yet to come.