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Spring Fire grows to almost 107,000 acres, at least 132 homes burned

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| 09 July, 2018, 06:02

Jones said as summer goes on the monsoon season will cause fires to taper off in the Southwest states, and they'll pick up in northern states like Montana.

120 fire fighters are battling to contain the blaze, which has destroyed 20 structures, KEYT reported.

The communities of Hornbrook, Hilt, Colestin and around Iron Gate Reservoir.

OR authorities urged hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts to avoid forests near the state line.

Cal Fire is reporting progress containing wildfires burning throughout California Saturday. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted. Grass is considered one-hour fuel, meaning it can dry out in just one hour and be ready to help flames spread.

And in central Colorado's Park County, crews encircled a third of a spotty fire that forced the Buffalo Creek Wilderness to close. The fire quickly grew to about 1.5 square miles.

In the south, crews Saturday contained about 45 percent of a 167-square-mile (433-square-kilometer) fire that has destroyed more than 130 homes, while in Rocky Mountain ski country firefighters from 20 states were battling an 8-square-mile (22-square-kilometer) wildfire above the Roaring Fork Valley.

In San Diego County, a wind-driven wildfire burned at least five homes and as many as a dozen in Alpine.


County firefighters led Ishu and Laura Rao to search for Laura's wedding ring in their demolished home of three years.

- Visit CBSDenver.com's Colorado Wildfire section.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Friday that although the blaze has not crossed into OR, officials are concerned people in remote areas could be unreachable in case they need to quickly evacuate. But the threat of a deluge raised the possibility of flooding at a stubborn blaze in the southwestern corner of the state. They say it is just smouldering and rain over the coming days should keep it from spreading.

Santa Barbara County Firefighter spray water on flames at a home at the site of a wildfire in Goleta, California, U.S., July 6, 2018 in this image released on social media.

A wildfire burning through drought-stricken timber and brush near California's border with OR has killed one person and destroyed multiple structures as it grows largely out of control, authorities said Friday. The body of a resident was found Friday in the ruins of a home, among 15 destroyed structures tallied so far.

The state fires are among 60 large blazes burning in 13 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Officials have opened up the burned-out area near a popular fishing lake 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City, as well as a stretch of highway. Many homes and cabins likely burned, while others may be sheds or garages.

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