Crews build containment around destructive California fires

Frederick Owens
July 9, 2018

120 fire fighters are battling to contain the blaze, which has destroyed 20 structures, KEYT reported.

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

Santa Barbara County Fire says crews expect to have full containment of the Holiday Fire in Goleta by July 11.

The Klamathon Fire near the OR border had grown to 21,803 acres Saturday morning and was 5 percent contained, with evacuations in place.

Another California blaze, the West Fire, also caused Gov. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the county. Almost 2,500 people in the Cathedral Oaks neighborhood were evacuated. The fire has not been contained and some 500 people have been ordered to evacuate. As of 3:30 p.m., an evacuation order was in effect for Hornbook residents north of Copco Road. He said he hadn't yet told his two oldest children their home was gone.

The fire, which started Saturday east of Lake Berryessa, has caused no injuries or deaths, but destroyed nine structures.

The Klamathon Fire more than doubled in size Friday night, roaring to 21,800 acres on the OR and California border.

The Jackson County Search and Rescue officials are urging hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to avoid forested areas near the Oregon-California border due to the fire.

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A local California official says a deadly blaze burning near the OR border moved swiftly through the rural area that is home to many retirees.

Elsewhere in California, the 138-square-mile (357-square-kilometer) County Fire northwest of Sacramento was almost 50 percent contained. The fire quickly grew to about 1.5 square miles.

"We bring the retardant to the firemen, but those folks on the ground, the men and women on the ground, they're really doing the tough work" he said.

In Goleta - near the city of Santa Barbara - the Times documented a family of eight who had still been unpacking boxes in their new house when the Holiday fire destroyed it.

But Santa Barbara County isn't the only county to receive assistance from Cal Fire SLO.

The state's largest blaze, the 138-square-mile (357-square-kilometer) County Fire, is 57 percent contained. The fire has grown to cover more than 21,000 acres.

Some 2,858 firefighters faced with inaccessible terrain, high temperatures and low humidity, were battling the fire, which was 57 percent contained.

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