Hundreds of firefighters battled forest fires Saturday in Colorado, California and Utah that consumed nearly 10,000 acres.
More than 250 firefighters worked to contain four lightning-sparked blazes that had charred about 1,250 acres in bone-dry western and northern Colorado by Saturday. One building was burned and residents were evacuated from more than half a dozen homes southwest of Grand Junction.
In California, a new fire burned near the Sequoia National Forest as experts began restoring 8,200 scorched acres south of Los Angeles. More than 600 firefighters were on the line against a 227-acre fire south of the Sequoia National Forest.
The national forest and its preserve of giant trees were not in danger from the fire.
Firefighters planned to contain the Lake Elsinore fire, which burned 11 homes and left more than 8,200 acres scorched, including 1,000 acres of the Cleveland National Forest.