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Northern California wildfire grows to 70000 acres

Northern California wildfire grows to 70000 acres

The fire was first reported around 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The damage toll could rise because the burn area is still being surveyed.

It sits on the edge of a Highway 128 roadblock, and Tuesday, it was so quiet, Frazier sent his 23 employees home, with pay.

"I think it's sinking in more now". "My grandmother's antique dining table and her hutch are gone". "But, boy, it's just getting earlier and earlier". "I've never seen a fire like that up close and it's an intense feeling".

With reinforcements arriving en masse, the firefighting force on the blaze nearly doubled Tuesday, up to 2,162 personnel - almost 1,000 more than the night before.

In Utah, authorities have evacuated 200 to 300 homes because of a growing wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir southeast of Salt Lake City amid hot temperatures and high winds.

State fire officials said 700 homes and other buildings were threatened but none had burned.

Darren Lewis and his extended family planned to spend the Fourth of July at a cabin built almost 50 years ago by his father and uncle in a wilderness area nestled between canyons and near a mountain river.

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"Keeping ahead of the winds, and knowing what the winds are going to do and where, and with the terrain mixed in, is a challenge", Childers said. "The cabin we could rebuild, but the trees that we love would be gone".

Firefighters are focusing their efforts on the north and south perimeter of the fire "as this has been the primary spread of the fire", according to Cal Fire Capt. Jordan Motta. Just over the last 24 hours, the fire has grown by over 10,000 acres due to extreme weather conditions and dry ground.

"Did we wish everyone was here, having a good time?"

The United States is in the midst of an unusually active fire season, with the risk significantly above normal for many western states, according to federal forecasters.

In Arizona, large swaths of national forests and state trust land have been closed since before Memorial Day.

"This fire is absolutely, extremely fast-moving", he said. The forests that are open have strict rules, especially when it comes to fireworks.

"Conditions are unpleasant for them and it's risky for the firefighters, who are working on the roadway, when people try to go", said CalFire information officer David Clark. The map above shows they have made progress toward that goal.


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