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California wildfire kills one person, shuts I-5 lanes

07 July 2018, 06:25 | Erica Roy

New wildfire in northern California kills one, spurs evacuation

An air tanker drops retardant on wildfire called

Resident Enrique Camargo said he ran toward the fire area to check its progress after the evacuation order was made.

She said the blaze is threatening 300 homes near Hornbook, California, a town of 250 people about 14 miles south of the OR border.

More information on mandatory evacuations can be found, here.

Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol had asked the Oregon Department of Transportation to stop all traffic heading south on Interstate 5 near Ashland after the fire began.

A DC-10 air tanker arrived early Friday to join in the aerial attack of the fire. The blaze, dubbed the Holiday Fire, quickly spread and within 45 minutes threatened homes in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Fairview Avenue, near Cathedral Oaks. KDRV reports hundreds of homes are being evacuated because of the blaze, which is dubbed the Klamathon fire.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Siskyou County, citing "extreme peril" to people and property. The so-called Klamathon fire had covered 9,600 acres and was only 5 percent contained, Cal Fire officials said Friday evening.

Meanwhile, a brush fire that broke out Thursday afternoon near the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, California, has scorched 15-20 acres.

The fire, which started Saturday east of Lake Berryessa, has caused no injuries or deaths, but destroyed nine structures. The fire has not been contained and some 500 people have been ordered to evacuate.

"We know we've lost homes and lots of structures, including livestock and horses as well", said Ray Haupt, chairman of the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors.

Flames ravage a home in Goleta on July 7, 2018.

A Utah wildfire that burned 90 structures and forced evacuation of more than 1,100 people in a mountain area near a popular fishing reservoir was growing Friday, but fire officials hoped to increase containment soon.

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