Utah wildfire grows as firefighters battle California blazes
Utah wildfire grows as firefighters battle California blazes
28 June, 2017, 18:08
The fire was first reported at 3:10 p.m. local time (6:10 p.m. EDT) Monday and subsequently led to the closure of Highway 79 North between the 10 Freeway in Beaumont and Gilman Springs Road north of San Jacinto.
In California, crews were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly.Firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.
"High temperatures, low humidity, and southwesterly winds are expected to continue throughout the week", fire officials said in their daily morning report on Tuesday.
In Arizona, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management said in a statement that the Goodwin Fire, which started about 14 miles south of Prescott on Saturday, had burned almost 4,400 acres of land in the Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest. The Utah fire began near the ski resort town of Brian Head, which is known as a weekend getaway destination for Las Vegas residents. The blaze has since spread about 20 miles east, near Panguitch Lake, according to the Associated Press.
The fire broke out in the early afternoon after a traffic collision caused a tree to catch fire, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.
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Evacuation orders have been lifted and residents are returning after a wildfire on California's Central Coast. As of Tuesday, officials said only 5 percent of the fire had been contained.
Authorities believe the fire was started over a week ago by someone using a weed torch in bone dry conditions. The overnight surge dropped estimated containment on Tuesday to 9 percent, but the target date for completely hemming in the flames remained July 15.
At last estimate, the nation's largest fire in Brian Head caused an estimated $10 million in damage.
Steve Bloch, legal director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, said Noel's assertion is an over-simplification of wildfires that are the result of fire suppression, climate change, drought and unpredictable winds.
The Arizona wildfire charred more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers) and forced the evacuation of the town of Mayer and other areas as a precaution. John Cammack was left with severe burns after falling from a fire engine when the winds shifted and the flames changed direction. And in Arizona, firefighters had to ground aircraft used in fighting the Frye Fire because of drones being flown in the vicinity of the blaze, said Bureau of Land Management spokesman Dennis Godfrey.
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