Fire crews are battling a rapidly growing wildfire that sparked this afternoon.
The 400-acre brush fire is swallowing up homes in the densely populated suburb of Alpine. The blaze quickly spread and within 45 minutes threatened homes in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Fairview Avenue, near Cathedral Oaks. Nine structures have been destroyed and some 100 homes were said to be in danger. Numerous structures have burned and several hundred people have been ordered to evacuate.
350 fire personnel were battling the blaze from ground and air.
"Temperatures at 8 a.m. were ridiculously over 100 degrees" in foothills near Forest Falls and many inland valleys, the National Weather Service said.
The blaze, which started Thursday and is spreading fast, is only 5% contained, according to fire officials.
Previous year was the worst fire season on record in the state, with thousands of homes lost and dozens killed _ from Northern California wine country south to Los Angeles and San Diego counties.
On Saturday morning, Eric Durtschi looked at the charred remains of his rented hilltop home in Goleta. It destroyed 22 structures and burned 15,000 acres.
The fire spans about 75 square miles (193 square kilometers) near a popular fishing reservoir about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City, according to the Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands.
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