Evacuations ordered for fire on California coast

Evacuations ordered for fire on California coast

A satellite captured a photo of smoke created by the Brian Head Fire in Utah at 5:45 p.m. MDT June 26. A wildfire menacing a southern Utah ski town for almost a week flared again, doubling in size for the second night in a row and torching more homes after residents fled the flames, officials said Friday.

More than 1,100 firefighters started their day continuing a battle with a large fire in Brian Head, Utah.

Crews in California, meanwhile, allowed people north of Los Angeles back to about 100 canyon homes threatened by a fast-moving brush fire caused by a freeway vehicle crash.

Agencies assisting in battling the blaze include Cities of Corona, Riverside, Palm Springs and Hemet Fire Departments; City of Murrieta and Idyllwild Fire Protection Districts, March Reserve Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department and the Riverside County Emergency Management Department.

Seventeen other fires are also being fought across Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Oregon.




It remains at 8 percent contained but has destroyed at least 13 homes and eight outbuildings, fire officials said.

KUTV reported that a few Utah families were allowed back to their homes near the resort town of Brian Head to survey damage and retrieve essential items, but most were left waiting and wondering when they would be able to come home.

Sheriff Jim Perkins said, "It is heart wrenching i get it you know there are cabins up there that are generations old". Fire crews are on the ground and in the air struggling to get containment. Roughly 1,500 residents have been evacuated since the fire started.

Authorities ordered more evacuations at the fire that has torched more than 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) in preparation for winds and low humidity that could push fire growth north after calmer weather kept its growth in check over the weekend. Officials say the blaze was sparked on June 17 by a weed-burning torch.

A fire spokesperson, Shayn Ward, emphasized how fearless and self-less these firefighters are despite the intensity of the flames.

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