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Evacuation Order In Brian Head Expected To Be Lifted Friday

The fire near Brian Head, Utah has now burned more than 58,000 acres and is only 15 percent contained, according to the Interagency Fire Center.

Firefighters hope to have the fire contained by July 15. The Spectrum in St. George reports that the evacuation order for Brian Head and surrounding communities will be lifted Friday.

Several hundred people were forced from their homes and businesses when the blaze broke out on June 17. The Spectrum reports while the outlook for the resort area of Brian Head is improving, gusty winds are pushing the fire in a northwestern direction.

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Elsewhere in the West, more than 700 firefighters are battling a fire around Prescott, Arizona that has charred more than 20,000 acres. It is only 1 percent contained.

A spokesman says about 3,400 people in the area have been affected by the fire.

In California, firefighters have beaten back a wildfire that threatened dozens of homes in Burbank, but the blaze was held to about 10 acres and is now 80 percent contained.

Meanwhile, crews are trying to corral a 1,600-acre fire in central California. Two buildings burned in San Luis Obispo County, where a 2 1/2- square-mile fire is 65 percent contained.

East of Los Angeles, a nearly 10-square-mile fire near Beaumont is 43 percent contained.