California wildfires - Goleta and Klamathon - burn, killing one

California wildfires - Goleta and Klamathon - burn, killing one

California wildfires - Goleta and Klamathon - burn, killing one

An 8,000-acre wildfire along the California-Oregon border left one person dead and multiple structures damaged or destroyed, Cal Fire said Friday.

The rapidly spreading fire has burned through 100 acres in Goleta and is 80 percent contained. Officials believe human activity sparked the blaze, but an exact cause hasn't been determined. The man had stayed through the night spraying down other people's houses. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Siskiyou County.

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.

East of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino National Forest, authorities ordered the evacuation of the community of Forest Falls, which has about 700 homes, as a quick-moving wildfire swelled to 1,000 acres (about 1.5 square miles). That fire was contained to about a half acre.

"We have roughly about 500 firefighters assigned, and we have more coming in today, including an incident management team", says Lee Beyer, a public information officer with the U.S. Forest Service. It's 5 percent contained and has destroyed 40 structures, officials said.

The blaze is threatening 300 homes near Hornbook, California, a town of 250 people about 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the OR border.

One outbuilding, a vehicle and a trailer were destroyed, according to Cal Fire-Butte County.

California's record heat There were four record highs set in Southern California on Friday, including Riverside (118 degrees), Van Nuys Airport (117 degrees), Burbank Airport (114 degrees) and University of California-Los Angeles (111 degrees).

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

Cal Fire SLO spokesman Clint Bullard said 60 Cal Fire SLO personnel are on the scene at the Holiday Fire, including a strike team of engines. That blaze destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Thus far this season, Cal-Fire crews have been working non-stop.

"Our firefighters have just gotten out of training and now we're sending them out", said Burns.

Elsewhere in California, the 138-square-mile (357-square-kilometer) County Fire northwest of Sacramento was almost 50 percent contained. To understand what's going on, here's a compilation of the most prominent fires in Colorado.

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