Evacuations ordered for fire on California coast

Posted June 27, 2017

The fire in California started Sunday afternoon in Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to shut down all lanes of a highway and send crews to fight the blaze that quickly grew to more than 1 square mile, fed by tinder-dry brush and driven by winds in stifling heat.

KUTV reported that a few 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.

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. But that hasn't stopped them from worrying.

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Evacuation orders were also issued for nearby mountain communities that are generally known for its weekend getaway homes for Las Vegas residents. "Until it's totally out, you won't know if you'll be OK".

He said if the events can happen they will likely be scaled back with fewer visitors - and with no fireworks.

According to Cal Fire, as of Memorial Day 2017, CAL FIRE had responded to more than 400 wildfires that have burned over 7,000 acres. Wilder said they're hopeful but realistic.

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The fire near the resort town of Brian Head has now grown to 66.9 square miles (173.2 square kilometers) as of Sunday morning.

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.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said that the half-acre fire grew to burn over 870 acres. The blaze remained at 0 percent containment.

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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.