Fire crews are shown on scene for structure protection during the Sherpa Fire at El Capitan Ranch Campground in Santa Barbara, California, US. Reuters
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Firefighters battling home-threatening wildfires in the West are bracing for gusty winds and scorching heat on Sunday.They made progress by containing 45 percent of a four-day-old fire in California coastal canyons after 40-mph "sundowner" winds failed to materialize.However, forecasters warned of extreme fire danger Sunday evening due to hot, dry weather and winds that could gust up to 50 mph.No homes have burned, but about 270 homes and ranches are at risk and campgrounds are evacuated with flames only 2 miles from more densely populated coastal communities.The fire has burned nearly 19 square miles since Wednesday.A 350-acre wildfire near Cedar City was 30 percent contained, but the blaze still threatened 20 structures including homes and outbuildings.However, the eastern side of the blaze was uncontrolled and virtually inaccessible.
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