Some evacuations lifted as Arizona blaze improves

Some evacuations lifted as Arizona blaze improves

Some evacuations lifted as Arizona blaze improves

Over in Utah, the Brian Head Fire, which started 10 days ago, has grown to about 46,000 acres, and Mother Nature isn't helping the crews.

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands said the Brian Head Fire in southwest Utah has burned more than 54,200 acres as of late Wednesday.

According to CBS Los Angeles, all residents were allowed to return home and 14 Freeway, which was closed by the fire, was reopened.

Authorities said that fire was likely caused by a weed torch.

The Madison Fire Department out of Rexburg sent a fire engine with five firefighters and paramedics to help as well, according to Griffee.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says it is lifting evacuations for residents of Mayer, population about 1,400.

"Officials say the fire now covers almost 67 square miles and is 10 percent contained".

Crews managed to carve containment lines around just 10 percent of the fire's perimeter, officials said.

"Not only do our hearts go out to those who have been displaced, but our attention and resources are focused heavily on containing the fire and protecting property and lives", he said".

"When we turned the forest service over to the bird- and bunny-lovers and the treehuggers and the rock-lickers, we turned our history over", Noel said at a press conference this week.

She said it has been an "emotional rollercoaster" for her and her grandparents, who live part of the year at a cabin near the fire.

The blaze was burning in the southeastern area of Santa Clarita, a city of some 181,500 residents. The fire has burned over 28 square miles (73 square kilometers).

The fire has reached into remote areas of Dixie National Forest, where heavy fuel is continuing to feed it. Briggs said when it emerges from there, firefighters hope to get a better handle on it as it moves into lighter sagebrush. Firefighters were able to keep the flames from destroying any homes or structures Monday. A helicopter makes a water drop next to a home in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

People have triggered 255 fires this year.

As of 7 p.m., the wild-land fire is continuing to burn in Lamb Canyon, south of Beaumont and north of San Jacinto. But scientists have said the trees have been dead for so long, it's unlikely logging them would have reduced the impact or intensity of a wildfire.

There is a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) in place over the fire area. On Monday, more evacuations were ordered for folks living in areas expected to see strong winds and low humidity.

About 360 firefighters are battling the fire by air and ground.

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