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The Latest: Utah fire partly contained, evacuees return

LOS ANGELES – The Latest news about the forest fires around the West (all times are local):

9:45 pm

Authorities are allowing more Utah residents to return to their homes, after a wind-fueled wildfire forced them to flee.

Duchesne (doo-SHAYNE’) County Sheriff’s officials say the fire in the vicinity of Strawberry Reservoir is now 30 percent contained, up from 25 percent on Saturday.

Officials have opened up the burned-out area near a popular fishing 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City, as well as a section of the highway.

They say that the wildfire has charred about 75 square miles (193 square kilometres) and destroyed 90 structures, including homes, cottages, sheds and garages, since 1 July in the mountains.

The authorities believe that human activity led to the eruption, but an exact cause has not yet been established.

8:30 pm

Firefighters have been able to build containment around several destructive fires burning in California.

Officials said Sunday that the 48 square miles (124 square km) blaze on the California-Oregon border known as the Klamathon fire is now 25 percent contained. It is one of the many fires burning around the drought-stricken states in the AMERICAN West.

The fire killed a woman in her home and destroyed 72 structures, including homes.

The crews have built at least 80 percent containment on a wildfire that destroyed 20 homes in Santa Barbara County and a central location in San Diego County fire that burned 18 structures.

The state’s largest blaze, the 138-square miles (357 square kilometers) Province of Fire is 57 percent contained. It has destroyed 10 structures since the outbreak of 30 June.

Other major fires in the state are close to being fully included.

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