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The bulk of the work for fire crews on Sunday is putting out hotspots and flare-ups in and around homes.

Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Eric Peterson thanked residents for self evacuating and following evacuation orders on Friday night, saying he believes there would have been fire-related fatalities if they had not done so.

This year's fires had burned more than 2.9 million acres (1.17 million hectares) through Friday, already more than the annual average of about 2.4 million acres (971,000 hectares) over the last 10 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The cause is still under investigation.

The governor has declared states of emergency in Siskiyou, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties this week due to fires. The Spring Fire in Costilla and Huerfano counties was reported at 106,985 acres Saturday morning.

Residents should be aware of low air quality as they return home and of some flames and smoke visible within the fire perimeter.

As of Sunday morning, the fire has grown to 30,500 acres and is 25 percent contained.

The retired Cal Fire firefighter rushed home when his wife called, saying she spotted flames nearby.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say Joergensen has been living in the country illegally.

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).

He said numerous people he has talked to were either traveling or away for work when the blaze started Thursday and have not been able to find out the status of their homes. Here's a look at the 2018 fire season in our region and the forecast for the summer.

Multiple structures are threatened, damaged or destroyed, Brady said. He was injured on July 5 in the Klamathon fire burning on the California-Oregon border. The blaze has burned about 75 square miles (193 square kilometers) and destroyed 90 structures, including homes, cabins, sheds and garages, since starting Sunday in the mountains.

Growth on Colorado's third largest wildfire in terms of size in state history has slowed, but it is still spreading.

Most evacuation orders for the Holiday Fire area were lifted Saturday afternoon as cooler temperatures and calmer winds allowed firefighters to push containment of the destructive blaze in the Goleta foothills to 80 percent. Authorities said Saturday that afternoon storms could produce flash floods and mudslides in burn scars. A stretch of busy U.S. Highway 285 between Fairplay and Antero Junction reopened Saturday.


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