California wildfire burns 30,500 acres, destroys 72 structures

An air tanker drops retardant on the so-called Benton Fire near the intersection of Benton Road and Crams Corner Drive in this image on social media in Anza California

An air tanker drops retardant on the so-called Benton Fire near the intersection of Benton Road and Crams Corner Drive in this image on social media in Anza California

Elsewhere in the north state, the County Fire northeast of Lake Berryessa was holding steady at 33,375 acres, with 10 structures destroyed.

"Starting Monday we're going to see a gradual cool down, as we shave just a few degrees off each day until about midweek it gets to something like normal, in the mid-90s (Fahrenheit) inland and 80s at the coast", said Jim Hayes of the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

The state's largest blaze, the 138-square-mile (357-square-kilometer) County Fire, is 57 percent contained.

"A chain dragging on a trailer have caused fires and, again, the exhaust (from a vehicle) and, of course, someone smoking and throwing that out", said Burns.

Smoke from the Klamathon Fire billows skyward Friday as the blaze races toward the California-Oregon state line.

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It has burned more than 12 square miles (30 square kilometers) and is 5 percent contained.

A firefighter puts water on flames at a home on Fairfield Avenue in Goleta.

The 5,916-acre fire is only 8 percent contained and has 555 crewmembers tackling it, according to fire officials.

Cal Fire is reporting progress containing wildfires burning throughout California Saturday.

Authorities say thunderstorms moving through the area Saturday generated a potential for gusty and erratic winds that can reach up to 25 miles per hour.

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Southern California fires began erupting Friday as strong high pressure over the West spawned an epic heat wave that saw parts of Los Angeles broil in temperatures up to 117 degrees (47.2 Celsius).

"The firefighters have done outstanding work", Farris said.

It also offered relief in the southern Colorado mountains where a blaze has destroyed over 130 homes and forced the evacuation of at least 2,000 properties. The body of a resident was found Friday in the ruins of a home, among 15 destroyed structures tallied so far. But no other details were released because next of kin have not been notified, said Suzi Brady, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

There is one evacuation order in Oregon: Colestin Road and Old Highway 99 from the California border to Mt. Ashland Ski Road.

In Utah, authorities allowed the return of some residents who fled a wildfire near a popular fishing lake 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City. Authorities said Saturday that afternoon storms could produce flash floods and mudslides in burn scars.

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Other major fires in the state are close to being fully contained. The highway had reopened earlier Saturday only to be shut down a short time later due to increased fire activity.

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