The Latest: Hundreds of homes evacuated over Utah wildfire

GUINDA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the Western United States (all times local):

9 a.m.

Authorities have evacuated 200 to 300 Utah homes because of a growing wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir.

Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forest, Fire and State Lands says high winds expanded the fire to about 47 square miles (122 square kilometers). He says several structures have been lost but it’s unclear how many.

Fire officials say the blaze started Sunday and officials believe it was human-caused.

High winds and hot, dry weather are forecast for Tuesday as fire crews battle the blaze in steep terrain. Those conditions are fueling blazes in several Western states.

The Utah fire is burning in an area east of Strawberry Reservoir, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City.

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8:30 a.m.

Thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain a massive wildfire in rural Northern California.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday that the blaze surging through sparsely populated areas northwest of Sacramento has grown to 109 square miles (280 square kilometers). It’s burning largely out of control.

Officials say about 300 people have been ordered to flee and more than 700 buildings are threatened in the area that’s home to cattle and horse ranches.

Cal Fire says more than 2,000 firefighters are battling the fast-growing blaze fueled by gusty winds. It erupted Saturday and at times has grown by 1,000 acres an hour.

It comes as hot, dry conditions are fueling blazes in several Western states.

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