Officials say better weather limited Utah fire

Dianna Christensen
June 27, 2017

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for some areas in Colorado.

Almost 1,000 firefighters battled a Utah wildfire that grew Sunday morning to almost 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins.

Officials say the fire now covers almost 67 square miles and has destroyed more than a dozen homes since it was sparked a week ago. In Utah, more than a thousand firefighters are still struggling to contain a huge fire that started on June 17 near Brian Head, a ski town.

Crews in California, meanwhile, are allowing people back into their homes near Santa Clarita.

A number of communities in the area were forced to evacuate, including the entire town of Brian Head.

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Destroyed were 13 residences and eight buildings. As of Monday, the area remained under a warning from the National Weather Service that "gusty winds and low humidities will combine to cause critical fire weather conditions this afternoon".

About 1,000 personnel are fighting the fire. This could challenge firefighters and test the contingency lines constructed northeast of the fire on Sunday.

It closed after a weekend auto crash sparked a smoky fire that ripped through dry brush amid stifling heat. He said that one nonresidential structure had burned. One deputy was treated for smoke inhalation on Sunday night.

In southern Arizona, the Frye Fire has covered almost 30,000 acres as of Saturday afternoon and was 29 percent contained, the forest service at Coronado National Forest said. The driver of the vehicle, an 80-year-old woman, sustained moderate injuries and transported to a hospital.

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