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High temperatures causing issues for firefighters battling blazes throughout California

High temperatures causing issues for firefighters battling blazes throughout Californiaā€¯

The fire has burned more than 82 square miles and remains 10 percent contained. In Santa Clarita, Calif., north of Los Angeles, those who had been evacuated are now being allowed to return to their homes, and an official said on Monday that the fire was nearly under control.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says it is lifting evacuations for residents of Mayer, population about 1,400.

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 Manzanita Wildfire has already scorched roughly 1,200 acres and counting.

Many parts of western United States have been struggling with heatwaves over recent days.

In Utah, firefighters hoped yesterday to douse areas with intense blazes at the Utah fire's southern end so residents can return to homes in the town of Brian Head. "I've pulled out my family photos and important records and I know exactly what I have to grab if we have to leave", said Rice, who lives with her husband and her dog.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in statement Wednesday that the fire is the state's top priority.

Firefighters on Sunday put in barriers against the flames and air tankers dropped fire retardant in anticipation of winds coming in from the southwest on Monday, officials said. There are now 525 firefighters and personnel on site with no injuries to date. It then jumped to at least 5,000 acres at 11:45 p.m., according to the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

Firefighters battled high winds Tuesday as they fought a fire that has grown to 72 square mile and burned 21 cabins and sheds.

On Tuesday, Utah state Rep. Mike Noel, a Republican, said federal mismanagement and "tree-hugger" environmentalists are responsible for the massive fire near the ski town of Brian Head and a popular fishing lake. The fire started on June 17 as a result of someone near the Brian Head Resort using a torch tool to burn weeds, say, investigators.

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The fire is burning in communities around Prescott, a mountain city about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) north of Phoenix.

Also on Monday, a national fire prevention team landed in Salt Lake City to devise a statewide strategy going forward.

Crews in California, meanwhile, are allowing people back into their homes near Santa Clarita.

As for the wildfires in California, about 10 percent of the blaze scorching up Riverside County-80 miles from Los Angeles-has been contained, according to local reports. Most years, only 40% to 50% of Utah wildfires are human-caused.

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