Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Northern California wildfires: Firefighters preparing for greater activity in Klamathon, County fires

Northern California wildfires: Firefighters preparing for greater activity in Klamathon, County fires

In a Utah mountain area, a wildfire that destroyed 90 structures and forced more than 1,100 people to flee was growing, but fire officials hoped to gain more control after their work Friday.

Authorities say a new wind-driven fire erupted Friday night in the hills above Goleta in Santa Barbara County, burning 20 homes and threatening hundreds more.

The fire that destroyed about 20 homes in Goleta and caused thousands of evacuations reached 80 percent containment Saturday.

The family stayed the night with friends in town, but Durtschi couldn't sleep.

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Coming a day after Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Siskiyou County, a person has died as a result of the Klamathon Fire, Cal Fire announced Friday morning.

Evacuations have been ordered in parts of San Bernardino County because of multiple fast-moving fires in the San Bernardino National Forest. More information on evacuations can be found here. He woke at 5 a.m.to inspect the remains of their belongings and to compose himself before going to Santa Barbara to pick up his two oldest sons, who had been with a church youth group all week and didn't know their home was gone. It's 5 percent contained and has destroyed 40 structures, officials said.

A fire that jumped across Interstate 5 south of the OR border in California has closed the southbound lanes in that area, authorities said.

CAL FIRE says the Klamathon Fire continues to threaten the communities of Hornbrook, CA, Hilt, CA, and Colestin, OR.

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350 fire personnel were battling the blaze from ground and air. A map from the department shows they span from the OR border south to San Diego County; from the west, in Santa Barbara County, to the east, on the border with Nevada.

The area is north of where the Thomas Fire raged last December - that blaze destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said there was no wind at all Saturday morning - a far different situation than Friday night when the fire erupted and was spread wildly by 50 miles per hour gusts.

"We don't even have an address because of the devastation around the area", Siskyou County sheriff's Lt. Jeremiah LaRue told the San Francisco Chronicle.

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The Klamathon Fire began Thursday afternoon near Hornbrook, California. Washington state fire crews left this weekend to help fight flames in Colorado. The fire has grown to cover more than 21,000 acres.

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