California wildfire destroys several homes as Arizona blaze grows to over 100,000 acres
Fire officials said it scorched 95 acres, destroyed three homes and damaged two others.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office ordered evacuations for the neighborhood until firefighters were able to fully contain the blaze.
The cause remains under investigation.
The region remains under a red flag warning until Thursday night, due to winds up to 50 mph and low humidity, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
In Arizona, where there are several wildfires, the largest blaze currently burning in the U.S. grew to more than 100,000 acres on Wednesday.
The “Bush Fire” in the Tonto National Forest is only 5 percent contained as of Thursday morning, with more than 500 firefighters involved in the battle.
Residents in the Tonto Basin, Sunflower area, and the Apache Lake were ordered to evacuate, according to FOX10. Several state highways also closed as the blaze spread northeast of Phoenix.
On Wednesday, gusty winds and high temperatures made conditions difficult for firefighters battling the blaze. Officials said “another day of challenging weather conditions” is expected for firefighters on Thursday.
Fire crews continued to see flames in the upper regions of Ventana and Espero canyons Wednesday as red flag warnings were in place for “strong gusty winds.”
Evacuation orders continued for Mount Lemmon, including Summerhaven and Mount Bigelow.
Video taken from local resident Cecelia Fresh’s backyard in Saddlebrooke on Wednesday shows the plumes of smoke billowing from Mount Lemmon.
“We are on alert and ready to evacuate if told to go. It is a haunting feeling and certainly way too close to home,” Fresh told Storyful.
Wildfire danger begins to ease
Fire danger is relaxing for much of the West, except in southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico.
In those areas, breezy hot dry conditions persist on Thursday, and fire weather remains elevated in the region.
Fox News’ Janice Dean contributed to this report.