California And Nevada Wildfire Updates: Soberanes Fire, Virginia Mountain Complex Fire

California And Nevada Wildfire Updates: Soberanes Fire, Virginia Mountain Complex Fire

California And Nevada Wildfire Updates: Soberanes Fire, Virginia Mountain Complex Fire

Fire personnel battling the blaze have been able to draw containment lines - a measure of how much of its perimeter has been cleared by fire crews of unburned vegetation - around only 25 percent of the wildfire so far.

A blaze that has scorched some 17,400 hectares and destroyed dozens of homes near California's famed Big Sur coast was sparked by an illegal, unattended camp fire in a state park, authorities say.

Officials are still trying to determine who started the fire before it charred more than 69 square miles and destroyed 57 homes, McClain said. Last week, a privately contracted bulldozer operator was killed when his equipment rolled over while he was fighting the fire.

A grass fire in a popular recreational area in Northern California has also charred more than 11 square kilometres since igniting on Tuesday, local time.

The massive Soberanes fire is approaching the two-week mark in Big Sur and the Carmel Valley, and it has now scorched 45,800, and meanwhile a new fire broke out Tuesday near Winters and Lake Berryessa, in Yolo County.

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The hikers needed to move to a place where there was cellphone reception to report the fire, so the precise location of the abandoned campfire hadn't been determined. It has burned two other buildings.

Just north of Los Angeles, a 65-square-mile wildfire in wilderness just north of Los Angeles was nearly fully contained and only active with isolated pockets of vegetation burning within a fire lines.

It's the largest of several wildfires burning in the state.

Fire crews were monitoring high winds and making some headway Tuesday afternoon on a large blaze that started Saturday night in south-central Washington on the U.S. Army's Yakima Training Center.

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About 800 firefighters are battling the fires, which are roughly 40 percent contained.

A southwest Idaho wildfire burning timber in rugged terrain and pushed by winds grew to 60 square miles Monday.

Investigators believe the person or persons left the fire and soon left the trail, traveling into thick redwood forest, all just more than 2 miles from Highway 1, Cal Fire officials said at a press conference on Tuesday.

It prompted an evacuation of Canyon Creek Resort and Golden Bear Estates in Winters, fire officials said.

Traffic rolls east along Hwy 82 with a backdrop of brown smoke from a fire just outside Prosser, Wash., that grew to an estimated 1,000 acres and was threatening homes according to the Washington State Patrol Sunday evening, July 31, 2016. About 350 residents have been ordered to evacuate the area, though some evacuation orders have since been lifted.

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