Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Evacuations ordered for fire on California coast

Kelvin Reese | 27 June, 2017, 05:31

In Southern California, a wildfire broke out after a vehicle crashed on a freeway and prompted evacuations of some nearby homes in the city of Santa Clarita.

Authorities said Monday they're ordering more evacuations at the fire that has torched more than 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and cost more than $7 million to fight.

The fire was zero percent contained as of 6 p.m., according to the fire department.

Firefighters are battling strong winds and the potential for triple-digit temperatures as they try to contain separate wildfires in Utah and California.

Firefighters also responded to other smaller fires across the region. The fire in the near the ski town of Brian Head, generally known for weekend getaway homes for Las Vegas residents, is about 10 percent contained.

"This is a catastrophic fire, no two ways about it", said Garfield County Sherriff Jim Perkins. One structure was destroyed and a television news van had major burn damage.

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About 1,000 personnel are fighting the fire.

Wildfires continue to tear through parts of the western US, and the region's dry conditions are literally fanning the flames.

A number of communities in the area were forced to evacuate, including the entire town of Brian Head. South-west winds could force the blaze to spread however, the statement said. There's also a chance for thunderstorms that could add more sparks.

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