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Manzanita Fire Grows To 5000 Acres In South California, Evacuation Warnings Issued

Manzanita Fire Grows To 5000 Acres In South California, Evacuation Warnings Issued

The fire is now 60 percent contained. Although about 175 people who live near Panguitch Lake were allowed to briefly return to their homes Sunday. Mike Noel said Tuesday he wants to use the fire near the ski town of Bri. It has spread several miles east to an area around Panguitch Lake, a popular spot for fishing.

Sizzling heat is exacerbating the fire risks out West, where tired crews have been battling blazes in Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California.

At last estimate, the nation's largest fire in Brian Head caused an estimated $10 million in damage.

As of Tuesday morning, the blaze had scorched almost 50,000 acres, the bulk of that in the Dixie National Forest, with crews managing to carve containment lines around just 10 percent of the fire's perimeter, officials said.

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.

Another California wildfire, sparked by a traffic accident on a remote stretch of a highway 80 miles east of Los Angeles, grew to more than nine square miles (23 sq. kilometers) in hot and windy conditions.

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Two people were hospitalized in the solo-vehicle crash and subsequent auto fire that caused the wildfire Monday afternoon.

Teams were expected to try to strengthen the containment line Wednesday on the rocky, wooded south end of the fire despite lava fields there, authorities reported.

In Arizona, a wildfire that has charred more than 28 square miles (72 square kilometres) burned and forced the evacuation of the town of Mayer, population about 1,400, and other areas as a precaution.

On California's Central Coast, evacuation orders remain in place for sparsely populated rural areas of San Luis Obispo County east of the town of Santa Margarita due to a almost 2-square-mile (5 sq. kilometer) fire.

Meanwhile, Riverside County sheriff's officials reportedly said they "accidentally" sent out evacuation alerts in the areas, including Norco, Corona, and Jurupa Valley, where there was no fire. John Cammack was left with severe burns after falling from a fire engine when the winds shifted and the flames changed direction.

Elayn Briggs, incident spokeswoman for the Brian Head Fire, said more than 1,400 firefighters are battling the blaze and include personnel from federal, state and local agencies. Arizona Firefighters here had to ground aircraft because of unauthorised drones over a fire near Flagstaff.