Goleta Santa Barbara Fires Latest: Wind-Driven Blaze Destroys Homes and Forces Evacuations

Image courtesy Tommy Davis

Image courtesy Tommy Davis

Durtschi's home was among 20 structures destroyed by the fire weeks after he moved from Idaho.

A wildfire raging through drought-stricken timber and brush near California's border with OR killed one person and destroyed 40 buildings as it burned largely out of control, authorities said today.

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

The 54,129-acre fire north of Durango is 50 percent contained as of Saturday night, according to fire officials.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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California Gov. Edmund Brown declared a State of Emergency in Siskiyou County Thursday just after 9:30 p.m.

It also offered relief in the southern Colorado mountains where a blaze destroyed more than 130 homes and forced the evacuation of at least 2,000 properties. Showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon dropped.1 inches of rain in El Jebel and lighter amounts of the southeastern portion of the fire. Fire officials said around 5 p.m. Saturday that some areas under mandatory orders would be downgraded to an evacuation warning. He said he hadn't yet told his two oldest children their home was gone.

What's happened: Cal Fire spokesman Brice Bennett said no homes were destroyed, but seven outbuildings have been damaged.

The Klamathon Fire more than doubled in size Friday night, roaring to 21,800 acres on the OR and California border.

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

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The fire is one of several that have ignited in southern California Friday, where temperatures topped 100 degrees.

"We don't even have an address because of the devastation around the area", Siskyou County sheriff's Lieutenant Jeremiah LaRue told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Also near San Diego, firefighters were battling the 10-acre Building Fire. Nine structures have been destroyed and some 100 homes were said to be in danger.

The Klamathon, which has destroyed 15 structures and blackened almost 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares), was only 5 percent contained as of Saturday. To understand what's going on, here's a compilation of the most prominent fires in Colorado. The fire quickly grew to about 1.5 square miles.

Steep and inaccessible terrain on the north side of the blaze has hampered firefighters, Cal Fire said, and warmer weather this weekend could spell trouble.

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Meanwhile, in Santa Barbara County, firefighters were battling a new "fast-moving and wind-driven" blaze, known as the Holiday Fire.

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