Thousands evacuated ahead of fast-moving California wildfire

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.

On the California-Oregon border, the fire ignited Thursday and moved swiftly through the region that is home to many retirees, said Ray Haupt, chairman of the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors.

Roadway closures in the area of the fire were implemented to keep people out of the way of firefighters, and the California Highway Patrol said Saturday that "all roads northbound from La Patera Lane to Patterson Avenue along Cathedral Oaks Road are closed to the public". Crews said at 6 a.m. that the fire is about 5 percent contained.

Brown to declare a state of emergency in San Diego County, saying people and property are under "extreme peril".

In Colorado, officials said fire crews had made "much progress" battling the Spring Creek fire, which broke out on June 27 and has consumed 106,985 acres (43,295 hectares).

Many parts of Southern California hit new high-temperature marks Friday, with a few spots reaching the hottest readings recorded.

Neighbors' houses next door and across the street were safe, but his next-door neighbor's home also burned. The department says multiple structures are threatened, damaged or destroyed. At the time of writing the fire is zero percent contained.

For fire information, residents can call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898.211.

A wildfire in northern California killed one person, destroyed buildings, forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from nearby communities and prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency.

Officials said the areas of concern include the Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Ashland, and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

A year ago was the worst fire season on record in the state, with thousands of homes lost and dozens killed _ from Northern California wine country south to Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

Firefighters battle a fast-moving wildfire that destroyed homes driven by strong wind and high temperatures forcing thousands of residents to evacuate in Goleta, California, U.S., early July 7, 2018.

On Saturday morning, Eric Durtschi looked at the charred remains of his rented hilltop home in Goleta.

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.

  • Rogelio Becker