Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes

Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes

State officials say it could cost $20 million to get the fire under control. The fire broke out Monday afternoon and quickly grew to 500 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire is now 60 percent contained.

As the blaze spread at a “critical rate”, officials issued an evacuation warning for communities east of the fire, including Poppet Flats, Silent Valley and Highland Home Road east to Highway 243.

Crews dealt with windy conditions as they battled a northern Arizona wildfire that has burned almost 7 square miles (18 square kilometers).

A Southern California wildfire has prompted evacuation orders for dozens of homes. It then jumped to at least 5,000 acres at 11:45 p.m., according to the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department. The U.S. Forest Service advised people that what appeared to be a new fire in the San Bernardino Mountains was dust being blown about from an area that burned recently northeast of Big Bear Lake.

By Tuesday evening, more than 1,600 firefighters were assigned to the conflagration, backed by an aerial force of 13 water-dropping helicopters.

An ongoing heat wave has shriveled brush and increased the fire risk throughout California.

That fire was sparked yesterday by a auto crash. However, it doesn’t seem to be growing.

Firefighters in Southern California battled a fast-moving wildfire on Sunday that closed a highway and forced residents from their homes around Santa Clarita, a city north of Los Angeles, authorities said.

The blaze broke out late Monday afternoon and quickly grew to almost 1.5 square miles, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Winds are expected to be coming out of the west at about 10 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The fire has grown to almost two square miles (365 hectares).

Containment is estimated at 40 percent.

Monday’s strong winds made firefighters’ jobs more hard as they worked to fight a southern Utah wildfire that has forced more than 1,500 people to evacuate from nearby areas.

Firefighters working in high temperatures are battling the wildfire in the Beaumont area of Riverside County, where residents have been warned they may need to evacuate.

Some flames reached 100ft (30m) high, while fire crews faced dry, windy conditions on Tuesday and a “high potential” for extreme fire behaviour, officials said late on Monday.