Goleta Devastated by Brush Fire as Record Heat Burns Path of Destruction

Goleta Devastated by Brush Fire as Record Heat Burns Path of Destruction

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.

CAL FIRE reported at 6 a.m. MDT Friday that the Klamathon Fire along Interstate 5 just south of the OR border is now 8,000 acres with "multiple structures threatened and damaged OR destroyed".

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.

Fire personnel spent the night and morning in pitched battle against the Holiday fire, which exploded Friday night amid 100-degree temperatures and unsafe "sundowner" winds that made the blaze impossible to control. The blaze quickly spread and within 45 minutes threatened homes in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Fairview Avenue, near Cathedral Oaks.

The Alpine fire hopscotched through parched canyons, destroying 20 structures and scorching more than 400 acres, officials said.

Buliavac said the fire was spreading to the northeast and northwest of Hornbrook in the rugged, rural region.

Near Los Angeles, Cal Fire was battling the 100-acre Valley Fire and the 100-acre Box Fire (15 percent contained), both in San Bernardino County.

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No injuries have been reported thus far, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni.

Trained staff and volunteers reportedly helped to evacuate numerous center's animals Friday night and the rest of the animals and some supplies were being taken out the following morning.

In southern California, firefighters were taking advantage of calm conditions to attack a small but destructive wildfire in the Santa Barbara County community of Goleta. The blaze was 48% contained by Saturday morning, but had already burned 10 structures, according to Cal Fire.

Rain helped a fire in the heart of ski country that has destroyed three houses, including the home of a volunteer firefighter battling the flames near the resort town of Aspen.

The blaze is threatening 300 homes near Hornbook, California, a town of 250 people about 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the OR border. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in the county on Saturday.

The fire spans about 75 square miles (193 square kilometers) near a popular fishing reservoir about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City, according to the Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands.

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