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Vehicle crash ignites 5000-acre brush fire in California

Vehicle crash ignites 5000-acre brush fire in California

In total, the fire, which was sparked by someone using a torch to burn weeds on June 17, has burned 13 homes and forced more than 1,500 people from their residences in southern Utah.

Moffat County and much of western Colorado is under a red flag warning through 11:15 p.m. Tuesday for gusty winds and low humidity, indicating high fire danger, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Crews in California, meanwhile, are allowing people back to their homes near Santa Clarita as traffic starts moving again on a Los Angeles County freeway.

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 past year.

Firefighters on Wednesday will continue to protect structures in the Panguitch Lake, Dry Lakes and and Blue Springs area. Most of the fire growth from Monday to Tuesday occurred in the northern part of of the fire, the forestry agency said.

State fire officials say the blaze has grown to 125 acres and there's zero containment.

The Brian Head Fire has already charred some 46,000 acres, and right now, it's only nine percent contained.

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A separate out-of-control wildfire forced more than 200 people to evacuate near San Luis Obispo, California on Monday.

Officials couldn't immediately say how many homes or people are affected by the evacuation order.

Another California wildfire, sparked by a traffic accident on a remote stretch of highway 80 miles (129km) east of Los Angeles, has grown to almost two square miles (more than 500 hectares) in just a few hours.

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.

At last estimate, the nation's largest fire in Brian Head caused an estimated $10 million in damage. The blaze was 10% contained. Firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

Nara Visa Fire Chief Gary Girard told The Eastern New Mexico News that John Cammack was severely burned 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. Aerial efforts to put out a fire northwest of the town were temporarily halted.


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