The so-called Colorado Fire, about 15 miles (24km) south of Monterey and just north of the area known as Big Sur, broke out on Friday night and crossed the Pacific Coast Highway, burning for a time on the ocean side of the road.
No homes were at risk, but the flames came within miles of a critical highway on Friday. The area where the fire is burning is dominated by shrubs and grasslands that are parched from persistent drought in the region.
Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner said the fire that had been threating the eastern Washington town of Lind was contained after burning six homes and eight other structures. He said firefighters were watching over hot spots.
The blaze was racing up steep slopes and along exposed ridge lines, with the wind tossing hot embers further into unburned territory giving the fire an even bigger foothold on the tinder-dry landscape.
Calmer winds on Saturday aided the firefighting effort after gusts accelerated the fire’s advance to a point on Friday when "we were watching the fire march about a mile every hour,” said Jayson Coil, a fire operations official.
Firefighters fanned out across blackened landscape in Arizona’s high country, digging into the ground to put out smoldering tree stumps and roots as helicopters buzzed overhead with buckets of water to drop on a massive blaze.
No casualties were reported and firefighters were able to bring the fire under control.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a rare public apology as he cut short a Hawaiian vacation on Friday after two volunteer firefighters were killed battling blazes that are ravaging much of the country’s east coast.
Firefighters in Australia warned on Tuesday they would not be able to contain some of the 100 fires still ablaze in the country before conditions are expected to deteriorate later this week.