Monday, 23 July, 2018

Spring Fire Nears 107,000 Acres; Hwy 160 Reopened Briefly

Fire prompts partial evacuation of Hornbrook, California | KMVU Fox 26 Medford California Fires: Klamathon Wildfire Closes Interstate 5, 10 Acres Destroyed In Irwindale
Gerardo Duncan | 09 July, 2018, 05:59

Although authorities have said the fire destroyed 20 structures, Ferris noted that that was a "rough guess", and that crews were making property assessments to come up with a more precise figure.

More gradual cooling is expected throughout the region on Monday.

County Fire Chief Eric Peterson thanked residents for heeding the call to evacuate, allowing firefighters to focus on fire suppression rather than rescues.

This year's fires had burned more than 2.9 million acres (1.17 million hectares) through Friday, already more than the annual average of about 2.4 million acres (971,000 hectares) over the last 10 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Elsewhere in Northern California, the County Fire has charred 88,525 acres (35824.8 hectares) in sparsely populated wooded areas of Napa and Yolo Counties.

Cal Fire firefighter Brandon Feller was battling fast-moving flames the day the deadly Klamathon Fire broke out.

As of Sunday morning, the fire has grown to 30,500 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Cal Fire is reporting progress containing wildfires burning throughout California Saturday. It was 43 percent contained on Saturday, the officials said.

The area was hit by gusty winds that tossed embers and much of Southern California sweltered as temperatures topped 100 degrees in many areas.

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.

He said numerous people he has talked to were either traveling or away for work when the blaze started Thursday and have not been able to find out the status of their homes.

Farther north in Oregon, authorities urged hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts to avoid forested areas near the Oregon-California border, where a blaze has killed one person. At least 132 homes have been destroyed. It marked the first fatality of the fire season in California.

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.

The blaze consumed an estimated 20 structures, including homes and other types of buildings.

In Colorado, firefighters took advantage of occasional rainstorms to extend their containment lines at several large wildfires.

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

Shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, Huerfano County officials said Highway 160 had reopened and residents of Tres Valles could return home. Authorities said Saturday that afternoon storms could produce flash floods and mudslides in burn scars.

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