The Latest: Utah fire partially contained, evacuees return

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires around the West (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

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.

8:30 a.m.

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.

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