Moving wildfire kills 1 in California, forces evacuations

HORNBROOK Ore. – A local community is being partially evacuated due to a wildfire in Siskiyou County

The so-called Klamathon fire had covered 9,600 acres and was only 5 percent contained, Cal Fire officials said Friday evening.

Several wildfires are scorching the western United States and forcing hundreds to evacuate from their homes, with one person killed in a blaze near California's border with Oregon.

Cal Fire reported that between January 1 and July 1 it has responded to 2,626 fires that have blackened 53,024 acres.

In Colorado, officials said fire crews had made "much progress" battling the Spring Creek fire, which broke out on June 27 and has consumed 106,985 acres (43,295 hectares).

The Southern California fires erupted Friday as strong high pressure over the West spawned an epic heat wave that saw parts of Los Angeles broil in temperatures up to 117 degrees.

In an unrelated incident, officials say a woman died and three homes burned in a blaze that may have been started by fireworks in Springfield, Oregon.

"Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Siskiyou County due to the effects of the Klamathon Fire, which has destroyed structures, threatened homes and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents", the declaration said.

There is now no danger to Isla Vista, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Public Information Officer Mike Eliason. Although the flames have not crossed into OR, officials are concerned people in remote areas can't be reached in case they need to quickly evacuate.

At a Red Cross shelter, Ben Stanfill told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he and other relatives helped evacuate his mother's house, even though it wasn't in a mandatory evacuation area.

Santa Barbara County declared a local emergency for the destructive Holiday Fire, which has burned at least 20 structures and continued to burn in the hills above Goleta on Saturday.

On Saturday morning, Eric Durtschi looked at the charred remains of his rented hilltop home in Goleta.

The blaze is threatening 300 homes near Hornbook, California, a town of 250 people about 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the OR border.

Some 3,660 firefighters faced with inaccessible terrain, high temperatures and low humidity, were battling the fire, which was only 48 percent contained.

The most serious of the fires was burning along Interstate 8 near Alpine and was out of control, KTLA reported.

The fire spans about 75 square miles (193 square kilometers) near a popular fishing reservoir about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City, according to the Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands.

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