Evacuations ordered for fire on California coast

Almost 1,000 firefighters in southern Utah are banking on cooler weather conditions Sunday as they continue to tackle the country's largest wildfire.

Authorities said Monday they're ordering more evacuations at the fire that has torched more than 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and cost more than $7 million to fight.

KUTV reported that a few families were allowed back to their homes near the resort town of Brian Head to survey damage and retrieve essential items, but most were left waiting and wondering when they would be able to come home. As of Monday, the area remained under a warning from the National Weather Service that "gusty winds and low humidities will combine to cause critical fire weather conditions this afternoon".

In southern Arizona, the Frye Fire has covered almost 30,000 acres as of Saturday afternoon and was 29 percent contained, the forest service at Coronado National Forest said.

Evacuation orders were also issued for nearby mountain communities generally known for weekend getaway homes for Las Vegas residents.

Sheriff Jim Perkins said, "It is heart wrenching i get it you know there are cabins up there that are generations old".

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze broke out at 3 p.m. Monday and within two hours had grown to 125 acres and is threatening structures. South-west winds could force the blaze to spread however, the statement said. In Utah, more than a thousand firefighters are still struggling to contain a huge fire that started on June 17 near Brian Head, a ski town. It intensified over the past week because hot and windy weather conditions fanned the flames.

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