Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced hundreds of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago.

The fire near the small city of Prescott, fanned by 35 mph (56 kph) winds, has charred more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers. More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze.

Elsewhere across the western U.S., Utah firefighters braced Wednesday for more high winds as they try to slow a stubborn wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from a ski resort town.

And in California, a wildfire destroyed the home of “Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area, said Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor.

The Arizona fire forced the evacuation of the town of Mayer along with several other mountain communities in the area, and one of the main roads into Prescott was closed. Mayer has about 1,400 residents.

Many residents have painful memories of a 2013 wildfire that killed 19 members of a Prescott-based hotshot crew almost exactly four years ago. (AP)

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Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

In this Tuesday, June 27, 2017 frame from video, flames and smoke rise from a fire near Mayer, Ariz. The Arizona fire forced the evacuation of Mayer along with several other mountain communities in the area. (Jennifer Johnson via AP)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

A fire burns near Mayer, Ariz, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, as seen from Spring Valley, Ariz. The fire has burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers). More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze that’s near the small town where 19 members of an elite firefighting unit were killed while battling a blaze four years ago. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

Fire crews return from fighting a wildfire near the ski town of Brian Head, June 27, 2017, in Panguitch, Utah. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

A fire burns near Mayer, Ariz, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, as seen from Spring Valley, Ariz. The fire has burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers). More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze that’s near the small town where 19 members of an elite firefighting unit were killed while battling a blaze four years ago. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

Kylie Walter holds a sign as she and other kids wait for fire crews to return from fighting a wildfire near the ski town of Brian Head near the town of Panguitch, Utah, June 27, 2017. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

A fire burns near Mayer, Ariz, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, as seen from Spring Valley, Ariz. The fire has burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers). More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze that’s near the small town where 19 members of an elite firefighting unit were killed while battling a blaze four years ago. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

Smoke billows from a wildfire locally called Goodwin Fire, near Prescott, Ariz., June 27, 2017. More than 500 firefighters braced for windy conditions Tuesday as they continued to battle the northern Arizona wildfire that has burned 6.8 square miles (17.6 sq. kilometers) so far. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier via AP)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

This Monday, June 26, 2017, photo provided by the Utah Governor’s Office, shows fire activity near Parowan, during a tour by Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, in southern Utah. (Justin Harding/Utah Governor’s Office via AP)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

The Brian Head Fire continues to grow and has burned more than 27,700 acres, June 23, 2017 in Brian Head, Utah. A wildfire menacing a southern Utah ski town for nearly a week flared again, doubling in size for the second night in a row and torching more homes after residents fled the flames, officials said Friday. (Stuart Johnson/The Deseret News via AP)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

People remove travel trailers down highway 143 from their homes that have been evacuated due to a wildfire on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. (George Frey/Getty Images)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

A tin roof and a chimney are left in the remains of a house after a wildfire moved through the area on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. (George Frey/Getty Images)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

This Monday, June 26, 2017, photo provided by the Utah Governor’s Office, shows fire activity near Parowan, during a tour by Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, in southern Utah. (Justin Harding/Utah Governor’s Office via AP)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

A wildfire burns through trees and ground cover on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. (George Frey/Getty Images)

Wildfires in Arizona, California, Utah force hundreds from their homes

Smoke bellows from a stand of trees from a wildfire that is burning in the area on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the “Brian Head Fire” started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (George Frey/Getty Images)

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