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

09 July, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Fire prompts partial evacuation of Hornbrook, California | KMVU Fox 26 Medford

The fire previously destroyed 22 structures, damaged six more and injured a firefighter.

He says that as of Saturday morning, the fire seems to be moving away from homes and other structures.

Authorities estimate at least 20 homes have burned in a wildfire raging in the hills above Goleta in Santa Barbara County.

A brush fire that destroyed about 20 homes in Goleta and cause thousands of evacuations reached 80 percent containment Saturday.

Though officials suspect fireworks, the investigation into the cause of the fire remains active. The man had stayed through the night spraying down other people's houses.

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.

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.

There were 1,688 firefighters at the Spring Fire as of Saturday morning. Multiple structures are threatened, damaged or destroyed, the department said.


The Jackson County Sheriff's office issued a warning to hikers and people considering outdoor recreation near the border to avoid the area due to rapidly changing fire conditions.

NASA satellite data show the fire split into three parts: a patch north of the Klamath River in California, just west of the I-5 freeway; a large patch north and west of the Irongate Reservoir; and another bleeding into BLM roads in Oregon.

The Klamathon Fire has burned 9,600 acres in California and parts of southern OR, and is one of about 10 fires raging in the state, fueled by rising temperatures and gusty winds.

In San Diego County, several fires erupted, including one that burned at least five homes and perhaps many more in Alpine, in foothills not far from San Diego.

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

In Southern California - in a region that was devastated by the enormous Thomas wildfire and subsequent fatal mudslides over the winter - Santa Barbara County is burning again. The fire quickly grew to about 1.5 square miles.

The new blazes came as Southern California saw many areas top 38 degrees Celsius on Friday and more than a dozen areas got record-breaking temperatures for the day.

As of Sunday morning, the fire has grown to 30,500 acres and is 25 percent contained.

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