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Southern California blaze grows substantially

Southern California blaze grows substantially

The fire risk remains high, with the National Weather Service issuing a red-flag warning for much of southern Utah thanks to expected wind gusts into the night.

The blaze is one of several in the West. Crews in California were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly, and firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

About 175 people were briefly allowed back to their homes near Panguitch Lake Sunday under escort, said Denise Dastrup with the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

CAL FIRE said on June 22 that firefighters have responded to 1,878 wildfires, burning over 19,000 acres, since January 1, representing a threefold increase compared with the same time a year ago.

"Horse Valley will be an area of concern (Monday), but crews have begun to prepare for this using dozers and retardant dropped from air tankers to establish indirect firelines", the town of Brian Head said on its Facebook page. The blaze has since spread about 20 miles east, near Panguitch Lake, according to the Associated Press.

More than 900 personnel are battling the fire, which started June 7.

"It's burning in an area that hasn't seen fire for 40 years", said Tiffany Davila, spokeswoman for the ‎Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.




In Los Angeles, California, there are three states including California are terrified of increasing heat waves with temperature over 100 degrees, which also prompt a potential alarm of the continuing wildfires that till now perished over 100,000 acres under its fire rage.

A separate out-of-control wildfire forced more than 200 people to evacuate near San Luis Obispo, California on Monday. The fire is about 10% contained.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance said the statements were misleading, and countered in a prepared statment that climate change, drought, human activity and wind all play roles.

A wildfire in a rugged inland area of Southern California grew substantially overnight to almost 8 square miles (21 sq. kilometers).

The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometres). John Cammack was left with severe burns after falling from a fire engine when the winds shifted and the flames changed direction.

"Noel and others are exploiting this fire to mislead the public". Aerial efforts to put out a fire northwest of the town were temporarily halted.


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