Wildfires Continue to Burn in Arizona and California's National Forests

WILLIAMS, Ariz., Oct. 4 (UPI) — Wildfires burned Sunday in Arizona’s Kabib National Forest and in Southern California, where a blaze threatened 400 homes and farms, authorities said.

In California, at least three houses and more than 1,500 acres burned in the San Bernardino Mountains after fire erupted Saturday afternoon, U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller said.

The fire, fanned by wind gusts, threatened hundreds of homes, ranches and truck farms near Mount Baldy and the Cajon Pass and was only 5 percent contained late Saturday, Miller said.

“Whenever there is wind, there’s trouble,” Miller told the Los Angeles Times in a story published Sunday.

In Arizona, residents of 64 homes in the town of Williams were evacuated when winds shifted and turned a controlled burn into a wildfire in Kabib National Forest, authorities said.

Buildings in Williams, known as “The Gateway to the Grand Canyon,” were threatened by flames fanned by strong winds, The Arizona Republic reported.

Nearly 1,000 acres outside the controlled burn areas had been scorched as of late Saturday, authorities said.

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