The Latest: New Northern California fire doubles in size

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Posted: Aug 03, 2016 1:16 PM
The Latest: New Northern California fire doubles in size

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

A grass fire in a popular recreational area in Northern California has more than doubled in size in less than a day.

The blaze has charred more than 6 square miles since igniting Tuesday afternoon. It spread quickly and prompted the evacuation of an RV and tent campground off Highway 128 near Lake Berryessa and the Napa Valley. No vineyards in wine country are threatened.

No one has been injured, but at least three dozen homes and RVs have been evacuated.

More than 700 firefighters were working the blaze Wednesday. The fire is about 5 percent contained.

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9:35 a.m.

Firefighters are setting up sprinkler systems to protect buildings in a central Idaho town after a wildfire expanded to 75 square miles.

Officials say slightly cooler weather and winds Wednesday should help firefighters trying to prevent flames from reaching the small town of Lowman.

Fire spokeswoman Jennifer Myslivy says no evacuations are in place.

Nearly 1,500 firefighters are battling the blaze burning timber in rugged terrain. By Wednesday, it had grown by more than 9 square miles.

Fire crews have repeatedly had to abandon fire lines as the flames moved north. Myslivy says crews are trying to build another line using a prescribed burn near Lowman.

State Highway 21 is closed from 6 miles north of Idaho City to south of Lowman.

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9:15 a.m.

Firefighters say about 30 homes in Utah have been evacuated after a small wildfire ignited near a neighborhood backing up to a mountainside.

Dave Ulibarri with Salt Lake County's Unified Fire Authority said the blaze started early Wednesday on a mountainside above the city of Draper and spread quickly through dry grass and brush.

Fed by high winds in the steep area, the fire came within 60 to 80 feet of houses overnight. Authorities say some fences were damaged, but no homes have been lost.

Evacuation orders remain in place as crews fight the blaze in temperatures that could reach the low 90s. The fire is about 5 percent contained.

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8:45 a.m.

A wildfire in a popular recreational area in Northern California grew overnight to more than 3 square miles.

The grass fire ignited Tuesday afternoon and quickly spread, prompting the evacuation of an RV and tent campground off Highway 128 near Lake Berryessa and the Napa Valley. No vineyards in wine country are threatened.

By Wednesday morning, authorities say crews had gained some containment of the fire.

The danger is concentrated around high-voltage Pacific Gas & Electric poles along the highway. No one has been injured.