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Goleta Santa Barbara Fires Latest: Wind-Driven Blaze Destroys Homes and Forces Evacuations

09 July 2018

Near Aspen, the Lake Christine fire has enveloped more than 5,000 acres and destroyed three homes in the town of EL Jebel, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office said.

The fire spread to more than 20,000 acres, forcing the evacuation of small communities, including Hornbrook, where an unidentified body was found Friday morning in a burned out home. Officials believe human activity sparked the blaze, but an exact cause hasn't been determined. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in the county on Saturday. Mandatory evacuations were called for an area of about 1,500 people, authorities said. The fire is not now threatening the city of Ashland, the city's emergency management team reported Saturday.

That blaze, which broke out on Saturday in steep, inaccessible terrain about 45 miles northwest of Sacramento and spans more than 88,000 acres, has so far largely burned away from populated areas. He woke at 5 a.m.to inspect the remains of their belongings and to compose himself before going to Santa Barbara to pick up his two oldest sons, who had been with a church youth group all week and didn't know their home was gone.

Officials described a chaotic scene as the fire burst out of control around 8:40 p.m., catching some residents off guard.

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In the north, the fire in Siskyou County on the OR border had virtually emptied the tiny communities of Hilt and Hornbrook.

The southbound lanes of I-5 that had been closed overnight were reopened at 6:30 a.m., but the local off-ramps remained closed in the area of the fire.

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.

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

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Crews also had 50 percent containment of a southwestern Colorado fire that has blackened 85 square miles (220 square kilometers) north of Durango.

"We will not be hard-pressed, we are ready should something happen in the county", he said.

Firefighters now have the 106,985-acre fire 55 percent contained, according to fire authorities.

The state's first wildfire fatality since the deadly Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara occurred near the California-Oregon border, where the Klamathon Fire killed one civilian and injured a firefighter.

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With fires occurring statewide, a Colorado-based Boeing 747-400 supertanker was deployed to California.

Goleta Santa Barbara Fires Latest: Wind-Driven Blaze Destroys Homes and Forces Evacuations