Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Wildfire Updates: Firefighters Make Progress Containing Northern California Fires

Wildfire Updates: Firefighters Make Progress Containing Northern California Fires

A house fire got out of control and spread into residential areas in the hills above Goleta, authorities said.

The flames forced more than 2,000 people to flee their homes, and left thousands more without power, prompting the emergency declaration which frees additional funds for the firefighting effort.

One man is in custody and facing arson charges for starting the fire.

Although rain moderated the fire Thursday, officials are concerned that there will be an increase in behavior over the next few days because of continued warm and dry conditions mixed with atmospheric instability. Containment still stands at 80 percent and likely won't change much until midweek.

The Klamathon Fire near the OR border had grown to 21,803 acres Saturday morning and was 5 percent contained, with evacuations in place.

The fire was the perhaps the most destructive of several blazes that broke out across Southern California amid oppressive heat that set temperature records all weekend. That fire has scorched about 85 square miles (220 square kilometers) and is 50 percent contained.

A Gofundme page has raised the money in less than 24 hours for Cal Fire firefighter Brandon Feller. The fire also prompted OR authorities to urge people to immediately evacuate an area near the town of Colestin.

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The hot temperatures and high humidity are expected to persist through at least Thursday, Environment Canada said. And two other deaths in Kansas City, Missouri are being investigated as possibly heat-related, CNN reported.

A photo of Feller in the hospital posted on the page shows he suffered severe burns to his face. "They have to know how to get out of their community or away from their home if a wildfire does strike".

"Cleaning the gutters, cleaning around the house, making sure there's nothing 10-20 feet (from the house) because one little spark could land on that and it could smolder and start a fire", said Burns.

The Pawnee Fire northeast of Clear Lake was 15,185 acres and 95 percent contained. It's one of many fires burning around the drought-ridden states in the U.S. West. Fire bans have also been enacted by many counties.

Santa Barbara County officials declared a local emergency on Saturday as a fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds and triple-digit temperatures destroyed 20 homes and other structures and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

In the mean time, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is assisting residents who live in the mandatory evacuation area with collecting necessities from their homes, like clothing and medication.

Other incident commanders have told Noozhawk that, based on aerial observations, they believe only 14 structures were destroyed.

And in central Colorado's Park County, crews encircled a third of a spotty fire that forced the Buffalo Creek Wilderness to close.

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