Evacuations ordered for fire on California coast

Paterniano Del Favero
Giugno 27, 2017

The Brian Head Fire has burned more than 48,000 acres and prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins.

The Brian Head Fire, now the nation's largest wildfire, has burned 43,436 acres and was just 10 percent contained Monday morning.

The fire in southern Utah is one of 18 large fires burning in the Southwest, including six in Arizona, two others in Utah, three in California, three in New Mexico, two in Nevada and one in Oregon.

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.

Thirty members of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service will spend 14 days helping to get the fire under control.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze broke out late Monday afternoon and within just a few hours had grown to about 500 acres (200 hectares).

About 1,000 personnel are fighting the fire.

Darboven said, "We are looking at another change in the weather pattern, so a shift in winds, bringing some erratic winds with it, so tactics are changing accordingly".

The blaze was started June 17 by someone using a torch to burn weeds, with hot and windy weather conditions intensifying the flames over the past week.

Authorities on Monday will send a second team of firefighters to help try to put it out.

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