Utah wildfire grows as 2 powerful California blazes spread

Utah wildfire grows as 2 powerful California blazes spread

Utah wildfire grows as 2 powerful California blazes spread

A wildfire in Utah burning across nearly 50,000 acres with 100-foot flames has forced the evacuation of more than 1,500 people, fire department officials said on Tuesday.

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.

"Horse Valley will be an area of concern (Monday), but crews have begun to prepare for this using dozers and retardant dropped from air tankers to establish indirect firelines", the town of Brian Head said on its Facebook page.

In an effort to get ahead of the flames, firefighters are carving out a containment line on a steep hill as planes drop fire retardant. The blaze was 10 percent contained.

The human-caused Brian Head Fire started June 17 in the town of Brian Head, according to InciWeb, about 90 miles from the Utah-Arizona border via Interstate 15. Powell said it has been an "emotional roller coaster" for her and her grandparents, who live part of the year at a cabin near the fire.

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"Things change day-to-day", Wilder said.

Meanwhile, a wildfire surging out of control on California's Central Coast has forced about 250 people to evacuate from their homes.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze broke out at 3 p.m. Monday and within two hours had grown to 125 acres and is threatening structures.

The blaze burning in Riverside County about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Los Angeles is only 10 percent contained Tuesday morning.

However, an emergency alert sent over cell phones late Monday telling people to "evacuate now" caused confusion as it didn't give a location for the evacuation order and according to social media, appeared to have been sent to some living as far away as Victorville, several miles from the blaze.

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The fire danger as of Tuesday is shown here.

The area is just east of the small town of Santa Margarita about 10 miles north of San Luis Obispo.

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Conditions remained warm, dry and windy in Southern California but a lengthy spell of extreme heat was receding. John Cammack was left with severe burns after falling from a fire engine when the winds shifted and the flames changed direction.

Nearly 300 miles north of the Frye Fire, the Goodwin Fire in Mayer, Arizona gained ground on Tuesday night, authorities said.

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