Over 500 firefighters battle northern Arizona blaze

Over 500 firefighters battle northern Arizona blaze

The Latest on wildfires burning in the Western U.S.

Firefighters in Washington State were battling three fires near Wenatchee that had grown to about 37 square miles (95 square km). The fire started on Saturday and fire officials are still investigating what ignited it.

Officials have canceled the Red Flag Warning for the Brian Head fire Thursday after the winds died down.

Officials called for the indefinite closure of both directions of travel on Lamb Canyon (SR-79N) between Gilman Springs and the city of Beaumont. Dewey-Humboldt has about 4,000 residents, while Mayer has about 1,400. Another wildfire in Arizona forced the evacuation of a town with about 1,400 residents.

Instead, fire crews used a power bulldozer to dig a trench that stopped the fire's advance.

Meanwhile, fire crews contained a wildire southwest of Fort Tuthill at 3.1 acres Tuesday, despite an illegal private drone forcing the grounding of Forest Service aircraft.

Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, said logging or fires being allowed to burn in the state's forests would help get rid of timber that serves as easy fuel for the blazes.

The fire, which is 10 percent contained, prompted voluntary evacuations for Highland Home Road, Death Valley Road, Longhorn Road and Shirleon Drive.

Some of the 200 firefighters on the scene are providing protection for nearby neighborhoods, but there are no evacuations.

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The blaze has grown to 2.5 square miles (6.5 sq. kilometers) since it broke out outside San Luis Obispo on Monday afternoon.

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.

Briggs said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but is related to human activity. About 750 more people remain under evacuation orders.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were helping residents of some homes evacuate "out of an abundance of caution".

Local authorities are investigating the incident.

The flames have already destroyed at least 20 buildings and hundreds of people have been evacuated.

Over 150 firefighters worked the fire Wednesday night and made a line to keep the fire from crossing into the small town of Mayer. Previous thinning in the area also helped to reduce the intensity of the blaze. The Frye Fire is about 70 miles northeast of Tucson, the second-largest city in Arizona.

She is relying on social media updates from friends and others who live or have homes in the area.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey released a statement saying the Goodwin Fire was the state's "top priority".

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