Moving wildfire kills 1 in California, forces evacuations

HORNBROOK Ore. – A local community is being partially evacuated due to a wildfire in Siskiyou County

Fire crews announced a better estimate of the damages caused by the Holiday Fire Sunday.

He says that as of Saturday morning, the fire seems to be moving away from homes and other structures. The fire had burned 50 to 80 acres as of Saturday morning and was only 5 percent contained. The cause is still under investigation.

The fire is located about a mile northwest of Basalt and was started Tuesday by two people firing tracers at a firing range near Christine Lake.Three houses have been destroyed. Mandatory evacuations were called for an area of about 1,500 people, authorities said.

"This is my grandfather's right here", Eric Durtschi, 42, told the newspaper Saturday, as he salvaged the remains of vintage rifles from the ruins of his home.

Carol Beaty found piles of ash and rubble when she returned home after evacuating.

Multiple structures are threatened, damaged or destroyed, Brady said.

In the north, the fire in Siskyou County on the OR border had virtually emptied the tiny communities of Hilt and Hornbrook.

A fire on the California-Oregon border that destroyed 40 buildings and claimed at least one life since Thursday remained virtually out of control, but a National Weather Service warning of extreme fire danger from heat and winds expired Friday.

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Thousands have been ordered to evacuate their homes, with the fire only a mile from the city's downtown area, said Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Southern California fires began erupting Friday as strong high pressure over the West spawned an epic heat wave that saw parts of Los Angeles broil in temperatures up to 117 degrees (47.2 Celsius).

Some 3,660 firefighters faced with inaccessible terrain, high temperatures and low humidity, were battling the fire, which was only 48 percent contained.

With warm temperatures, windy conditions and potential for lightning, there's a chance of more fires in the coming days. That blaze destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Cal Fire-Butte County also tweeted that more than 100 of its members are working "out of unit" helping fight fires throughout Northern California.

The Weston Pass Fire has burned about 13,000 acres 9 miles southwest of Fairplay, Colorado.

"We bring the retardant to the firemen, but those folks on the ground, the men and women on the ground, they're really doing the tough work" he said. The blaze burned 100 acres, Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials said.

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