Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Evacuations ordered near Goleta; wildfire burns several buildings, threatens homes

Evacuations ordered near Goleta; wildfire burns several buildings, threatens homes

The 'Holiday Fire' has damaged or destroyed about 20 structures so far.

Santa Barbara County Fire says crews expect to have full containment of the Holiday Fire in Goleta by July 11.

Fire officials do not know what caused the blaze, he said.

The family stayed the night with friends in town, but Durtschi couldn't sleep.

The governor has declared states of emergency in Siskiyou, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties this week due to fires. At least 2,200 people were evacuated in the Goleta area, officials said.

Another wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest was holding at 1.5 square miles and forced evacuation of about 700 homes in the mountain community of Forest Falls.

Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni told KSBY that the fire is burning out of control, with no containment. Fire officials said around 5 p.m. Saturday that some areas under mandatory orders would be downgraded to an evacuation warning. Multiple structures are threatened, damaged or destroyed, the department said.

Firefighters battling the Klamathon Fire along the California-Oregon border Friday discovered a body within a residence during a welfare check of an evacuated area, authorities said.

The fire in Siskyou County has burned more than 12 square miles (30 square kilometers).

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The I-5 is closed in bother directions from Yreka to the OR border, to keep travelers away from the blaze.

The state's first wildfire fatality since the deadly Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara occurred near the California-Oregon border, where the Klamathon Fire killed one civilian and injured a firefighter.

The UC Santa Barbara campus is "not now under any immediate physical threat, but campus officials are closely monitoring the situation and will send out updates as necessary", according to an email sent out to UCSB students Friday night.

"We are still in the early stages of aggressively attacking this fire with both ground and air resources", she said.

The Klamathon Fire had grown to 21,800 acres by Saturday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.

With warm temperatures, windy conditions and potential for lightning, there's a chance of more fires in the coming days.

"Starting Monday we're going to see a gradual cool down, as we shave just a few degrees off each day until about midweek it gets to something like normal, in the mid-90s (Fahrenheit) inland and 80s at the coast", said Jim Hayes of the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Some fires have been calmed by rain while others have been stoked by wind and hot temperatures.

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