Klamathon Fire explodes to 21,800 acres, roars into Oregon

Larry Hoffman
July 9, 2018

120 fire fighters are battling to contain the blaze, which has destroyed 20 structures, KEYT reported.

In Santa Barbara County, 20 homes were burned and hundreds more were threatened as winds pushed the fire on Friday night, according to authorities.

Officials say the 100-acre (40.5-hectare) fire in Goleta is 80 percent contained Saturday and numerous 2,500 evacuated residents will be able to return by late afternoon. Investigators are working to determine the person's cause of death and are waiting to release their identity until next of kin can be notified.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the area, allowing state resources to be devoted to fighting the wildfire and keeping people safe.

It also offered relief in the southern Colorado mountains where a blaze destroyed more than 130 homes and forced the evacuation of at least 2,000 properties.

Another wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest was holding at 1.5 square miles and forced evacuation of about 700 homes in the mountain community of Forest Falls.

Other major fires in the state are close to being fully contained.

No other details were released about the death blamed on the fire that threatened 300 homes near Hornbook, a town of 250 people about 22 kilometres south of the OR border.

The fire started June 27 and is burning in Costilla and Huerfano counties.

California's record heat There were four record highs set in Southern California on Friday, including Riverside (118 degrees), Van Nuys Airport (117 degrees), Burbank Airport (114 degrees) and University of California-Los Angeles (111 degrees).

It appears that a house fire spread embers to dry brush, and that ignited an out-of-control blaze, county Sheriff's Department officials said.

The fire rages in Goleta, Santa Barbara County.

In northern California, near the OR border, an 8,000-acre fire has killed one person.

"Our firefighters have just gotten out of training and now we're sending them out", said Burns. Washington state fire crews left this weekend to help fight flames in Colorado.

Firefighters in Butte County were busy putting out multiple fires Saturday afternoon.

With warm temperatures, windy conditions and potential for lightning, there's a chance of more fires in the coming days.

About 72 buildings have been destroyed, two injuries have been reported, and 2,354 fire personnel are battling the flames.

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