Klamathon Fire ignites in Hornbrook, prompting I-5 closure

Image courtesy Tommy Davis

Image courtesy Tommy Davis

It was estimated that 20 structures had been destroyed, half of them believed to be homes. The wind-driven fire was first reported around 9 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Holiday Hill Road.

California officials say they are temporarily crossing a hatchery and two other public areas due to their proximity to a deadly blaze near the OR state line.

That blaze, which broke out on Saturday in steep, inaccessible terrain about 45 miles northwest of Sacramento and spans more than 88,000 acres, has so far largely burned away from populated areas.

"We have put everything on this", Cal Fire Deputy Director Mike Mohler said.

Friday marked a grim beginning to what fire officials have warned will be another year of extreme fire danger, as much of Southern California remains under drought conditions.

East of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino National Forest, authorities ordered the evacuation of the community of Forest Falls, which has about 700 homes, as a quick-moving fire swelled to 1,000 acres.

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"We're actually pretty hopeful everyone got out", Lieutenant LaRue said. According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the fire broke out around 5.40 p.m local time (8.40 p.m. EDT) and it affected the city of Duarte and the MTA Gold Line track.

"They need to be prepared".

There are six major fires burning in Utah, including the Dollar Ridge Fire, which has burned some 47,000 acres and possibly burned dozens of homes.

There are also multiples fires burning in California.

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

At least one Hornbrook resident, however, has expressed frustration with the efforts of the local water utility company, which they say has not accepted offers from local volunteers willing to help restore clean water to the town. The blaze has burned about 75 square miles and destroyed 90 structures, including homes, cabins, sheds and garages, since starting Sunday in the mountains. Jerry Brown to declare an emergency. Among the places that set records were Van Nuys Airport (117 degrees), Burbank Airport (114), Santa Ana (114) and Ramona (115), according to the National Weather Service.

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