Holiday Fire burns around Santa Barbara Care Network facility, animals rescued


CalFire reported the Klamathon Fire at 8,000+ acres as of 6:oo Friday morning, with 5 percent containment.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Friday that although the blaze has not crossed into OR, officials are concerned people in remote areas could be unreachable in case they need to quickly evacuate.

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". It was 43 percent contained on Saturday, the officials said.

Coming a day after Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Siskiyou County, a person has died as a result of the Klamathon Fire, Cal Fire announced Friday morning.

More than 30 engines, including 120 firefighters, are on the scene battling the fire in 100-degree heat and gusty winds.

In San Diego County, a fast-moving wildfire burned a handful of homes.

Elsewhere in California, a massive blaze northwest of Sacramento had destroyed nine homes, officials said. Nine structures have been destroyed and some 100 homes were said to be in danger. At the time of writing the fire is zero percent contained.

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Mandatory evacuations were issued for 3,200 people, Santa Barbara County said in a news release. Although the flames have not crossed into OR, officials are concerned people in remote areas can't be reached in case they need to quickly evacuate.

The area is north of where the Thomas Fire raged last December - that blaze destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

A perimeter map shows the footprint of the Holiday Fire Saturday morning.

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

Dozens of blazes have broken out across the western United States, fanned by scorching heat, winds and low humidity in a particularly intense fire season. It's not clear the flames burned homes or other structures like barns.

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

The largest fire burning in the state is known as the County Fire, and has scorched more than 88,000 acres in Napa and Yolo counties.