New wildfires sweep through California, burning homes

The Klamathon fire burning both sides of I-5 south of the Hilt interchange as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday

A fatality was reported from the fast-growing Klamathon Fire in northern California, which stood at 8,000-acres on July 6.

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 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.

Cal Fire reported that between January 1 and July 1 it has responded to 2,626 fires that have blackened 53,024 acres.

Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County due to a raging wildfire that has burned several homes and prompted hundreds of evacuations in the Goleta area.

Fire personnel spent the night and morning in pitched battle against the Holiday fire, which exploded Friday night amid 100-degree temperatures and risky "sundowner" winds that made the blaze impossible to control.

A fast-moving wildfire is burning a handful of homes in San Diego County.

"It's really given us a good opportunity to get in there and get some work done", said county fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni.




Hundreds of evacuation orders have been put in place, and flames have already reached multiple structures.

A year ago was the worst fire season on record in the state, with thousands of homes lost and dozens killed _ from Northern California wine country south to Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

A fire broke out in the hills above Goleta late Friday night, causing mandatory evacuations in the surrounding areas.

"We are still in the early stages of aggressively attacking this fire with both ground and air resources", she said.

On Saturday morning, Eric Durtschi looked at the charred remains of his rented hilltop home in Goleta.

Elsewhere in California, a massive blaze northwest of Sacramento that began June 30 had destroyed 10 homes and other buildings but was 42 percent contained, officials said. It destroyed 22 structures and burned 15,000 acres.

Cal Fire has resources spread out from the OR state line to the Mexico border.

The state fires are among 60 large blazes burning in 13 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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