The Latest: Utah fire partially contained, evacuees return
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires around the West (all times local):
Authorities are allowing more Utah residents to return home after a wind-fueled wildfire forced them to flee.
Duchesne (doo-SHAYNE’) County Sheriff’s officials say the fire near Strawberry Reservoir now is 30 percent contained, up from 25 percent on Saturday.
Officials have opened up the burned-out area near a popular fishing lake 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City, as well as a stretch of highway.
They say the wildfire has charred about 75 square miles (193 square kilometers) and destroyed 90 structures, including homes, cabins, sheds and garages, since starting July 1 in the mountains.
Authorities believe human activity sparked the blaze, but an exact cause hasn’t been determined.
Firefighters have been able to build containment around several destructive wildfires burning in California.
Officials said Sunday that the 48-square-mile (124-square-kilometer) blaze on the California-Oregon border known as the Klamathon fire is now 25 percent contained. It’s one of many fires burning around the drought-ridden states in the U.S. West.
The fire killed one woman in her home and destroyed 72 structures, including homes.
Crews have built at least 80 percent containment on a wildfire that destroyed 20 homes in Santa Barbara County and a central San Diego County fire that burned 18 structures.
The state’s largest blaze, the 138-square-mile (357-square-kilometer) County Fire, is 57 percent contained. It has destroyed 10 structures since it broke out June 30.
Other major fires in the state are close to being fully contained.