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1 killed in NorCal as crews battle wildfires across the state

1 killed in NorCal as crews battle wildfires across the state

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection ( CAL FIRE) in a release issued at 7.30 p.m. local time (10.30 p.m. EDT) said, "Fire is 1000+ acres and 0% contained with multiple structures threatened".

In Santa Barbara County, 20 homes were burned and hundreds more were threatened as winds pushed the fire on Friday night, according to authorities.

Total calm Saturday morning replaced the 50 miles per hour (80.5 kph) gusts and forward progress of the fire was stopped at about 100 acres (40.5 hectares) or less, said county fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni.

The Klamathon Fire was one of more than three dozen wildfires that firefighters were battling in California and across the U.S. West during an unusually active fire season. The man had stayed through the night spraying down other people's houses.

Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for Siskiyou County due to the so-called "Klamathon Fire", which started around 1PM Thursday afternoon in Hornbrook.

Evacuations were ordered north of Cathedral Oaks to West Camino Cielo Road, and from La Patera Lane, west to North Patterson Avenue.

Meanwhile, to the northeast in Lake County, firefighters maintained 92 percent containment on the 15,000-acre Pawnee Fire. Plenty of brush fires have sprung up just this week in Western Washington along highways and in more rural areas in the eastern part of our state.

The fire about 32 miles north of Craig has destroyed two structures.

The fire has killed one person, a body found Friday morning in the charred ruins of a Hornbrook home, but authorities were struggling to identify the body.

On the ground, Cal Fire was joined by agencies from the surrounding communities and Oregon.

The blaze showed "extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions" and has spread across the border in OR, according to Saturday morning's report.

"After this Fourth of July weekend, we have been going hard and long", said Charley Burns, fire unit manager for the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The so-called Holiday fire "exploded Friday night amid 100-degree temperatures and unsafe "sundowner" winds that made the blaze impossible to control", the Los Angeles Times wrote.

"We will not be hard-pressed, we are ready should something happen in the county", he said. 2,000 households lost power, according to Santa Barbara County officials.

The Klamathon, which has destroyed 15 structures and blackened almost 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares), was only 5 percent contained as of Saturday.

Duchesne County Sheriff's officials say the fire near Strawberry Reservoir now is 30 percent contained, up from 25 percent on Saturday. The fire has grown to cover more than 21,000 acres.


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