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Klamathon Fire kills 1; dozen wildfires dot California

09 July, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • The Klamathon fire burning both sides of I-5 south of the Hilt interchange as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday

The Alpine fire hopscotched through parched canyons, destroying 20 structures and scorching more than 400 acres, officials said.

The Holiday Fire, one of more than three dozen major blazes burning across the U.S. West, broke out on Friday evening near the beach community of Goleta, California, South of Santa Barbara, and raced through the seaside foothills. By 7:21 a.m. Friday, the Klamathon Fire had grown to 8,000 acres and was just 5 percent contained.

Another California blaze, the West Fire, also caused Gov. The man had stayed through the night spraying down other people's houses.

The governor has declared states of emergency in Siskiyou, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties this week due to fires.

California was one of several Western states where recent wildfires have destroyed homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

The Global Supertanker took off from McClellan just after 5 p.m. Saturday to help fight the Kalamathon Fire.

The general evacuation area can be seen above. Courtesy of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

The Klamathon Fire more than doubled in size Friday night, roaring to 21,800 acres on the OR and California border.

In southern Colorado's Costilla and Huerfano counties, firefighters have encircled about 45 percent of a 167-square-mile (433-square-kilometer) fire that destroyed more than 130 homes.

The San Francisco Chronicle traced the northern blaze's origins to Thursday, when a resident intentionally lit a small fire on a friend's property near the border with Oregon.

The current heatwave has also prompted health concerns in southern California especially, even for those not affected by the wildfires.

Eric Durtschi and his family moved to Santa Barbara County two weeks ago.

A fire on the California-Oregon border that destroyed 40 buildings and claimed at least one life since Thursday remains virtually out of control, but a National Weather Service warning of extreme fire danger from heat and winds expired Friday.

"When we came out, there were fist-sized embers falling all over the place", he said. Traveling at speeds of almost 600 miles per hour, it can reach any fire in the state within 30 minutes.

350 fire personnel were battling the blaze from ground and air.

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

And in central Colorado's Park County, crews encircled a third of a spotty fire that forced the Buffalo Creek Wilderness to close.



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