Dead, Homes Destroyed As Klamathon Fire Rages Out Of Control

Dead, Homes Destroyed As Klamathon Fire Rages Out Of Control

Dead, Homes Destroyed As Klamathon Fire Rages Out Of Control

The fire had burned 50 to 80 acres as of Saturday morning and was only 5 percent contained.

Cal Fire said one person was killed in the Klamathon Fire, which is burning Siskyou County, an area located near the OR border.

The blaze destroyed an unknown number of structures and forced residents in the small communities of Hornbrook, Hilt and Colestein Valley to flee as flames crossed Interstate 5 near the California and OR border, local media reported.

About 750 people have been evacuated as the fire on Friday showed "extreme behavior with movement in multiple directions", according to Saturday morning's Cal Fire report.

Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the county.

The hot temperatures and low humidity, as well as gusty winds, create conditions in which fires can "grow rapidly in size and intensity", a National Weather Service alert cautions.

Wildfires that have destroyed dozens of buildings and caused at least one death continue to ravage California as a heat wave sweeps the southern part of the state.

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Haupt said Friday the fire is burning through grassland, oak and smaller brush and that it has destroyed several homes and killed livestock and horses.

Fire danger could prohibit rescuers from looking for anyone, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said. At the time of writing the fire is zero percent contained. 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.

Hundreds of firefighters, from Santa Barbara County and throughout the region, including San Luis Obispo County, are on scene to fight the fire, along with more than 30 engines and support aircraft. Mandatory evacuations were called for an area of about 1,500 people, authorities said.

The Creek Fire in San Bernardino National Forest was 33 acres and 90 percent contained as of Thursday, and the Valley Fire was 200 acres with zero percent containment Friday.

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.

Firefighters in Santa Barbara County were battling a new "fast-moving and wind-driven" blaze Friday night.

The largest fire burning in the state is known as the County Fire, and has scorched more than 88,000 acres in Napa and Yolo counties. As the wildfires burn across the state, Cal Fire relies on local departments' strike teams for aid.

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