Fire crews across California face wildfires

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A fatality was reported from the fast-growing Klamathon Fire in northern California, which stood at 8,000-acres on July 6.

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.

A wildfire burning through drought-stricken timber and brush near California's border with OR has killed one person and destroyed multiple structures as it grows largely out of control, authorities said Friday.

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Fire firefighters spent the night and morning in pitched battle against the Holiday fire, which exploded Friday night in 100-degree temperatures and risky "sundowner" winds that made the blaze impossible to control.

Wildfires that have destroyed dozens of buildings and caused at least one death continue to ravage California as a heat wave sweeps the southern part of the state.

One blaze reportedly burned at least five homes in Alpine. A spokesperson with CAL FIRE said that fire officials have been working closely with the owners of major equipment like this, keeping them apprised of the fire's location and doing their best to keep that equipment intact. He says that as of Saturday morning, the fire seems to be moving away from homes and other structures. The Klamathon Fire has raged through about 8-12 miles of those tracks so far, according to a CORP spokesperson.

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In heat-stricken Southern California, powerful winds that sent an overnight inferno hopscotching through the Santa Barbara County community of Goleta vanished in the morning, allowing firefighters to extinguish smoldering ruins of an estimated 20 structures, including homes.

Mandatory evacuations were issued for 3,200 people, Santa Barbara County said in a news release. The fire has not been contained and some 500 people have been ordered to evacuate.

For fire information, residents can call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898.211. It destroyed 22 structures and burned 15,000 acres.

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Rain helped a fire in the heart of ski country that has destroyed three houses, including the home of a volunteer firefighter battling the flames near the resort town of Aspen. Jerry Brown to declare an emergency. As the wildfires burn across the state, Cal Fire relies on local departments' strike teams for aid.

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