Goleta Santa Barbara Fires Latest: Wind-Driven Blaze Destroys Homes and Forces Evacuations

09 July, 2018, 06:03 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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"Most of our active fires are occurring right now in the Rocky Mountain area which includes Colorado as well as the Great Basin area which includes Utah, Nevada and Idaho", Jones said.

Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Eric Peterson thanked residents for self evacuating and following evacuation orders on Friday night, saying he believes there would have been fire-related fatalities if they had not done so. It's estimated at 100 acres (40.5 hectares) or less.

An online fundraiser for a California firefighter seriously injured in one of the many blazes burning in the state has raised almost $30,000. The wind-whipped brush fire is 5 percent contained.

One firefighter with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection was hospitalized with serious burns to his face after flames overran the fire engine he was on, officials said.

Farther south, the West fire, just north of San Diego, was at 400 acres and only 5 percent contained as of 10 p.m. local time Friday. The fire is not now threatening the city of Ashland, the city's emergency management team reported Saturday. Commanders said they hoped for one-third containment by late Sunday.

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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).

It also offered relief in the southern Colorado mountains where a blaze has destroyed over 130 homes and forced the evacuation of at least 2,000 properties.

About 75 miles east of Los Angeles, a wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest prompted mandatory evacuations for the entire community of Forest Falls, which has about 700 homes and about 1,000 residents.

However, the fire continues to spread into the timberland of Klamath and Rogue River-Siskiyou national forests.

Multiple structures are threatened, damaged or destroyed, Brady said. Ray Haupt, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, said losses included homes and livestock. Here's a look at the 2018 fire season in our region and the forecast for the summer. Ten structures were counted destroyed but damage assessments were continuing.

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Officials have opened up the burned-out area near a popular fishing lake 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City, as well as a stretch of highway.

Firefighters battling the Spring Fire in Costilla County say it has grown to almost 107,000 acres, but containment is also up to 43 percent.

Firefighters are making progress on a wildfire that has burned more than 130 homes and blackened almost 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) in southern Colorado. Authorities said Saturday that afternoon storms could produce flash floods and mudslides in burn scars.

Washington state fire crews left this weekend to help fight flames in Colorado.

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