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Improving weather slows spread of Utah wildfire

Improving weather conditions have limited the growth of a wildfire in Utah that prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins, officials said.

Incident commander Tim Roide said Sunday was "a good day for firefighters, who were able to have success securing areas of particular concern, including the many structures affected by the Brian Head Fire".

Officials said the fire currently covers nearly 67 square miles and is 10% contained.

On Sunday firefighters put in barriers against the flames and air tankers dropped fire retardant in anticipation of winds coming in from the south west on Monday.

In southern California, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway and prompted evacuations of some nearby homes in the city of Santa Clarita.

KUTV also reported that a few Utah families were allowed back to their homes near the resort town of Brian Head to survey damage and retrieve essential items, but most were left waiting and wondering when they would be able to return home.

The fire has also burned in the Dixie National Forest.

Evacuation orders were also issued for nearby mountain communities generally known for weekend getaway homes for Las Vegas residents.

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