Evacuations ordered as Southern California fire grows

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Firefighters Battle 200-Acre Wildfire in Santa Clarita


Wildfires are sweeping through several dry Western states, including a blaze that forced hundreds to evacuate in California and another that showed new life after burning for a week. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them:

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Evacuations were ordered as a huge forest fire burning for more than a week through rugged terrain in the San Bernardino Mountains stretched east into the desert.

The blaze about 90 miles east of Los Angeles showed new life as winds shifted. The tiny Mojave communities of Burns Canyon and Rimrock were under evacuation orders on Thursday. Evacuations were voluntary in nearby Pioneertown.

A change in wind direction forced the evacuation of several hundred campers on Wednesday, after several hundred more had done the same over the weekend.

Crews relied on retardant-dropping aircraft to battle the hard-to-reach fire, which began June 17 in mountain wilderness.

It charred about 33 square miles of old-growth timber and brush and was only partially contained.

A wildfire north of Los Angeles that drove about 1,000 people from their homes and briefly shut down lanes of a major freeway was reduced to mostly embers.

All evacuations were called off late Wednesday about nine hours after the blaze broke out in the Newhall area of Santa Clarita.

At its height some 500 homes had to be evacuated as flames came very close to some of them, and lanes of Interstate 5 were shut down.

The damage was limited to a single garage and the 350-acre blaze was 45 percent contained.

Photos taken of the 2015 wildfires across the west:

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Evacuations ordered as Southern California fire grows
A Los Angeles City Fire helicopter drops water on flames, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Santa Clarita, Calif. About 1,000 people have been evacuated from homes as a 100-acre wildfire burns through brushy canyonlands north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rick McClure)
A firefighter puts water on flames, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Santa Clarita, Calif. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says 1,000 people have been evacuated from homes as a 100-acre wildfire burns through brushy canyonlands north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rick McClure)
FILE - In this June 7, 2015 file photo, smoke rises from the Bogus Creek Fire, one of two fires burning in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska. Wildfires are blistering Alaska forests with increasing frequency and intensity and forest managers and climate scientists are trying to explain why and predict what's next. One common factor associated with the increase, which doesn't bode well for 2015 or beyond, is warm weather, even if experts don't explicitly blame climate change. (Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry via AP)
In this June 17, 2015 photo from the Alaska Army National Guard, a “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from a helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. Crews have wrangled two large wildfires north and south of Anchorage as dozens of blazes burn about 160 square miles in Alaska. One fire forced the evacuation of campsites on the Kenai Peninsula and destroyed at least eight structures since Monday. (Sgt. Balinda O’Neal/U.S. Army National Guard via AP)
This Monday, June 15, 2015, aerial photo released by the Alaska Division of Forestry shows the Card Street Fire burning on the Kenai Peninsula, between the Sterling Highway and the Kenai River near Sterling, Alaska. The fire doubled in size Tuesday, June 16, 2015, to about 4 square miles and had pushed east into the uninhabited Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska's most popular sport-fishing venue. (Alaska Division of Forestry via AP)
In this June 17, 2015 photo from the Alaska Army National Guard, a “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from a helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. Crews have wrangled two large wildfires north and south of Anchorage as dozens of blazes burn about 160 square miles in Alaska. One fire forced the evacuation of campsites on the Kenai Peninsula and destroyed at least eight structures since Monday. Altogether, 49 active fires are burning in three western states. (Sgt. Balinda O’Neal/U.S. Army National Guard via AP)
In this Sunday, June 7, 2015 photo, smoke rises from the Bogus Creek Fire, one of two fires burning in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska. Fire managers said Monday that weekend rain helped tamp down the fires which, together, total about 63 square miles. (Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry via AP)
MT. HAMILTON, CA - JUNE 03: A Cal Fire firefighter practices extinguishing a grass fire during a live fire training on June 3, 2015 in Mt. Hamilton, California. Cal Fire firefighters are training ahead of what is expected to be an explosive wildfire season as California pushes through its fourth year of severe drought. The state has had over 1,000 wildfires since the beginning of the year. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A wildfire burns south of Barton Flats in the San Bernardino, Calif.,  Mountains on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The wildfire forced the evacuation of nearly 200 campers, most of them children, from campgrounds in the San Bernardino National Forest.  (John Valenzuela/The Sun via AP) 
This Monday, June 15, 2015, aerial photo released by the Alaska Division of Forestry shows the initial attack of the Card Street Fire burning on the Kenai Peninsula, between the Sterling Highway and the Kenai River near Sterling, Alaska. The fire doubled in size Tuesday, June 16, 2015, to about 4 square miles and had pushed east into the uninhabited Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska's most popular sport-fishing venue. (Alaska Division of Forestry via AP)
A structure on Slough Avenue burns after the Card Street wildfire burned through the Kenai Key subdivision in Sterling, Alaska on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The wildfire moved rapidly northeast toward the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and authorities have evacuated the Upper and Lower Skilak Lake campground. (Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion via AP)
Justin Winsor watches a wildfire from the Breezeway Trailer Park Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Kearny, Ariz.  The blaze is not contained at all, but it's mostly relegated to a riverbed and about 200 firefighters have kept it burning away from the town of 2,000 residents, officials said.  (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP) 
The Lake Fire burns for a second day on Thursday, June 18, 2015 near Jenks Lake in Angeles Oaks, Calif.  Firefighters battled two blazes in Southern California, one that was growing as it churned through 30-foot pine trees in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains and another that was slowing in northern San Diego County. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun via AP)
A helicopter extracts water from Jenks Lake as the Lake Fire burns for a second day on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Angeles Oaks, Calif.  Firefighters battled two blazes in Southern California, one that was growing as it churned through 30-foot pine trees in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains and another that was slowing in northern San Diego County. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun via AP)
A wildfire burns south of Barton Flats in the San Bernardino, Calif.,  Mountains on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The wildfire forced the evacuation of nearly 200 campers, most of them children, from campgrounds in the San Bernardino National Forest.  (John Valenzuela/The Sun via AP)
In this June 16, 2015 photo, the Card Street wildfire burns behind the Upper Skilak Campground boat launch as authorities work to evacuate the area near Sterling, Alaska. The wildfire moved rapidly northeast toward the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and authorities have evacuated the Upper and Lower Skilak Lake campground. (Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion via AP)
This Monday, June 15, 2015, aerial photo released by the Alaska Division of Forestry shows the Card Street Fire burning on the Kenai Peninsula, between the Sterling Highway and the Kenai River near Sterling, Alaska. The fire doubled in size Tuesday, June 16, 2015, to about 4 square miles and had pushed east into the uninhabited Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska's most popular sport-fishing venue. (Alaska Division of Forestry via AP)
A helicopter dumps a load of water on the fast-moving Fish Lake Fire near Scribner Road, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review, via AP)

A Spokane County Fire District 3 brush rig works the Fish Lake Fire along Scribner Road, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The fast moving wildfire has burned about 100 acres. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review, via AP)

In this June 16, 2015 photo, two Nikiski Fire Department firefighters walk on a road near a fire-ravaged forest left behind by the Card Street fire in Sterling, Alaska. The wildfire moved rapidly northeast toward the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and authorities have evacuated the Upper and Lower Skilak Lake campground. (Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion via AP)
The Lake Fire burns for a second day on Thursday, June 18, 2015, near Jenks Lake in Angeles Oaks, Calif. Firefighters battled two blazes in Southern California, one that was growing as it churned through 30-foot pine trees in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains and another that was slowing in northern San Diego County. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun via AP) 
The Fish Lake Fire flares up along S. Scribner Road and is quickly dealt with by a Spokane County Fire District 3 brush rig, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review, via AP)
Debris burns on Jenks Lake Road as the Lake Fire burns for a second day on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Angeles Oaks, Calif.  Firefighters battled two blazes in Southern California, one that was growing as it churned through 30-foot pine trees in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains and another that was slowing in northern San Diego County. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun via AP) 
Fire crews keep an eye on the blaze as the Lake Fire burns for a second day on Thursday, June 18, 2015, near Jenks Lake in Angeles Oaks, Calif. Firefighters battled two blazes in Southern California, one that was growing as it churned through 30-foot pine trees in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains and another that was slowing in northern San Diego County. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun via AP)
A helicopter drops water on a wildfire, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Kearny, Ariz.  The blaze is not contained,  but it's mostly relegated to a riverbed and about 200 firefighters have kept it burning away from the town of 2,000 residents, officials said.  (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP)
After evacuating her house on S. Scribner Road, Sam Baird waits at a relative's home next door as a Spokane County Fire District 3 brush rig rushes to protect structures in fast-moving Fish Lake Fire's path. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)
A deer runs across Jenks Lake Road as the Lake Fire burns for a second day on Thursday, June 18, 2015,  in Angeles Oaks, Calif.  Firefighters battled two blazes in Southern California, one that was growing as it churned through 30-foot pine trees in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains and another that was slowing in northern San Diego County. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun via AP)
This Monday, June 15, 2015, aerial photo released by the Alaska Division of Forestry shows the Card Street Fire burning on the Kenai Peninsula, between the Sterling Highway and the Kenai River near Sterling, Alaska. The fire doubled in size Tuesday, June 16, 2015, to about 4 square miles and had pushed east into the uninhabited Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska's most popular sport-fishing venue. (Alaska Division of Forestry via AP)
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

A wildfire has grown to 26 square miles in hazardous and inaccessible terrain south of Lake Tahoe and is moving closer to structures, officials said.

No buildings have been damaged, but the mountain town of Markleeville remained on standby Wednesday for possible evacuations, according to the Bureau of Land Management. Several campgrounds have been evacuated, and two highways have been closed.

The fire, ignited by lightning Friday, was 10 percent contained by Wednesday evening.

Air tankers and helicopters helped 900 firefighters battle the blaze about 20 miles west of the Nevada border. One firefighter received a heat-related injury Tuesday.

Strong, erratic winds and severe drought conditions have stoked the fire, and smoke can be seen as far away as Carson City, Nevada.

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ALASKA

Growing wildfires have led to more evacuations in Alaska's parched interior, with an international mushing champion evacuating his dogs from one of two communities where residents voluntarily fled their homes.

More than 270 fires are burning in Alaska, including one near Eureka that led Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race champion Brent Sass to evacuate his dogs to Fairbanks, news station KTUU reported.

In Tanana, a tribal nonprofit flew 62 people 130 miles to Fairbanks, focusing on elders, children and people with health conditions. The Tanana Chiefs Conference, a consortium of 42 villages in the interior, also flew six people from the village of Hughes on Tuesday as a precaution in case it gets worse in that village, which is about 10 miles from a fire.

An area just north of Fairbanks also faced an evacuation advisory. Fairbanks, the interior's largest city, also has been smoky because of fires in the region even though it hasn't been directly touched by flames.

There were 40 new fires reported Tuesday, bringing the total of active fires to 278. Altogether, fires have burned nearly 636 square miles.

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OREGON

A wildfire scorching a remote part of southwestern Oregon has grown to nearly 8 square miles, but hundreds of firefighters have worked to get it nearly halfway contained.

Incident commander Doug Johnson said fire lines will be tested in the coming days by a heat wave expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to the region.

The lightning-sparked blaze started June 11 and is burning in the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest.

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WASHINGTON

Cooler temperatures have helped temper the growth of a wildfire burning in Olympic National Park.

The fire was estimated at about 1 1/2 square miles Wednesday. The 950-acre blaze is burning high in the tree tops in a wilderness area about 13 miles north of Quinault. No structures were threatened.

Fire managers say they're monitoring the blaze and fighting it when it's safe.

Park official Todd Rankin says the fire is very unusual for this time of year. It was caused by a lightning strike in late May.

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