California Fires: Klamathon Wildfire Closes Interstate 5, 10 Acres Destroyed In Irwindale
09 July 2018, 12:48 | Darnell Patrick
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Fire crews announced a better estimate of the damages caused by the Holiday Fire Sunday.
Video footage showed firefighters battling fires at several homes, as Santa Barbara County authorities said at least 2,200 residents were evacuated and 2,000 were without power, according to a Twitter posting.
As California's fire season enters full swing, Cal Fire San Luis Obispo has sent out almost 100 responders to assist with wildfires across the state, including at the Holiday Fire in Goleta, in neighboring Santa Barbara County.
The rapidly spreading fire has burned through 100 acres in Goleta and is 80 percent contained.
The cause of the fire remains unknown.
The fire is located about a mile northwest of Basalt and was started Tuesday by two people firing tracers at a firing range near Christine Lake.Three houses have been destroyed.
California was one of several Western states where recent wildfires have destroyed homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate. Evacuations were ordered as the fire edged into residential areas.
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.
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Hornbrook is in Siskyou County.
In northern California, near the OR border, an 8,000-acre fire has killed one person.
"We have six kids, and I want them to know this isn't the end", Durtschi said.
Conditions are expected to ease Saturday, said Tim Chavez of Cal Fire. Five hundred and sixty structures are threatened, including 350 homes in immediate danger, and 15 structures have been destroyed. Traveling at speeds of almost 600 miles per hour, it can reach any fire in the state within 30 minutes.
With fires occurring statewide, a Colorado-based Boeing 747-400 supertanker was deployed to California.
Some 3,660 firefighters faced with inaccessible terrain, high temperatures and low humidity, were battling the fire, which was only 48 percent contained.
Southern California firefighters are taking advantage of calm conditions to attack a small but destructive wildfire in the Santa Barbara County community of Goleta, one of many conflagrations burning in the hot and dry West.
Crews also had 50 percent containment of a southwestern Colorado fire that has blackened 85 square miles (220 square kilometers) north of Durango.
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