The Latest: California officials lift fire evacuations

GUINDA, Calif. – The Latest on forest fires in the Western United States (all times are local):

11:05 pm

Officials have ordered more Utah residents to evacuate their homes as crews struggled to gain control over a wildfire burning near a popular fishing reservoir.

The fire burning in the vicinity of Strawberry Reservoir has grown to 62 square miles (160 square kilometers) over three days amid high winds, steep slopes, and extremely dry conditions.

It has destroyed about 30 structures and led officials to evacuate several hundred homes and cabins in the area about two hours southeast of Salt Lake City.

Officials on Wednesday are not about an updated count of buildings disposed of or destroyed. But they extended evacuations to a field dotted with trees and huts stretching about 20 miles (32 km).

The fire began on Sunday. Officials believe it was human-caused, but they are still investigating how it started.


10:35 pm

Crew against a Northern California wildfire that is threatening almost 1400 buildings in the hope to take advantage of cooler weather to fight the flames.

Fire spokesperson of Israel Pinzon says that Wednesday is expected to be the nicest day of the week, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees lower than the triple digits that fire-fighters have to contend.

About 2,500 people have been forced from their homes. Pinzon says officials imposed a number of mandatory evacuations Tuesday night, although he did not know how many people were allowed to return home.

The fire has burned through about 129 square miles (334 square kilometers) in the rural counties northwest of Sacramento. It is 25 percent contained.

No structures have been damaged or destroyed.


10:20 pm

A southern Colorado wildfire that destroyed more than 100 homes is still growing.

Officials said Wednesday that the fire has burned 147 square miles (381 square kilometers) since it started June 27.

Officials estimated that the fire, about 205 miles (330 kilometres south-west of Denver is only 5 percent contained.

They say prevent the fire spread further south to the small mountain town of Cuchara is a priority, Wednesday.

Crew looks for small fires in districts such as unpredictable winds continue to exist. Nearly 1000 firefighters are in the area.


8:45 pm

Crews are making progress against a Northern California wildfire that poses a threat to hundreds of buildings, but say, the wind and the dry vegetation can still be the fuel for hell.

California officials said that the fire in the rural provinces in the northwest of the Sacramento and was 25 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. That is 15 percent of the previous day.

It has burned by means of 129 square miles (334 square kilometers) after it ignited Saturday. Some areas are under evacuation orders for the day.

It is one of the huge fires burning in the West of the United States, and the put of a number of Fourth of July plans on hold.

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