The Latest: Crews begin rehab in wake of New Mexico blaze


LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

Rehabilitation work is underway on a 28-square-mile wildfire that destroyed 12 homes and dozens of other structures in central New Mexico.

Fire officials say the blaze that burned through part of the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque is 90 percent contained and crews were focusing Monday on mopping up and rehabilitating dozer and hand lines that were built to corral the flames.

Fire information officer Sharma Chavez says while there are no active flames left, firefighters are making sure any hot spots not already doused by recent rains are under control.

Chavez says there have been no reports of major flooding within the burn scar.

About 260 personnel are assigned to the fire, which has cost more than $10.3 million to fight after being sparked June 14.

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11:15 a.m.

Firefighters have gained greater control over a wildfire in northeast Wyoming.

Some 170 firefighters from state, local and federal agencies helped get the fire spanning about 19 square miles 75 percent contained.

All evacuation orders were lifted Monday. Lightning ignited the blaze Friday and it quickly blew up, destroying one home and about a dozen smaller structures.

Also in Crook County, firefighters have completely contained a fire that broke out last week about 17 miles southwest of Sundance. That fire burned about 3 square miles.

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11 a.m.

Authorities say a set of remains found in the aftermath of a huge wildfire in central California mountain communities were those of an animal.

Kern County sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt announced the results of the examination Monday morning. Cadaver dogs are still searching the area near Lake Isabella where 200 homes have burned.

The blaze has killed an elderly couple who were found Friday after apparently being overcome by smoke.

Pruitt says some evacuations will be lifted at noon in areas least affected by flames. The fire has burned more than 70 square miles and is 40 percent contained.

Pruitt says a person armed with two guns was arrested for being in a closed area, but he didn’t release further details.

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10:45 a.m.

Authorities say a 10-square-mile wildfire sparked by a camp barbecue in a remote part of northern Utah is under control.

Officials say crews finished circling the blaze with containment lines Sunday. Firefighters plan to keep an eye on it as it burns itself out over the course of the week.

The fire started Friday when the barbecue tipped over at a campsite near Park Valley, about 150 miles northwest of Salt Lake City. It ignited dry grass and spread.

Authorities say one person suffered burns trying to put the fire out.

Firefighters are still fighting another wildfire in Utah. That blaze near Pine Valley, in the southern part of the state, has torched nearly 2 square miles of rugged terrain.

It has previously forced evacuations, and while those have been lifted, people could be asked to leave again.

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