One dead in Siskiyou fire

The Klamathon fire burning both sides of I-5 south of the Hilt interchange as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday

The Klamathon fire burning both sides of I-5 south of the Hilt interchange as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Oregon DOT

The blaze was 400 acres and 5 percent contained as of 4:30 p.m., Cal Fire said.

Dozens of blazes have broken out across the western United States, fanned by scorching heat, winds and low humidity in a particularly intense fire season. The department says multiple structures are threatened, damaged or destroyed.

The fire first began on the 1500 block of Holiday Hill Goleta, according to Santa Barbara fire dispatch.

Meanwhile, to the northeast in Lake County, firefighters maintained 92 percent containment on the 15,000-acre Pawnee Fire.

Power lines were reported down in the area, and Southern California Edison was asked to shut down power to avoid risks to firefighters.

Details on the fatality were not released Friday pending notification of next-of-kin, but the victim was found in a structure in Hornbrook, according to Sheriff Jon Lopey of Siskiyou County.

Firefighters have been working in tough conditions, enduring triple-digit temperatures and strong winds that have increased the fire threat.

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

"We have put everything on this", Cal Fire Deputy Director Mike Mohler said. As the wildfires burn across the state, Cal Fire relies on local departments' strike teams for aid.

The Creek Fire in San Bernardino National Forest was 33 acres and 90 percent contained as of Thursday, and the Valley Fire was 200 acres with zero percent containment Friday.

Though officials suspect fireworks, the investigation into the cause of the fire remains active.

Neighbors' houses next door and across the street were safe, but his next-door neighbor's home also burned. Ten structures were counted destroyed but damage assessments were continuing.

A wildfire in northern California killed one person, destroyed buildings, forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from nearby communities and prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency. "They need to take that responsibility on to have their go kits ready to go", McLean said.

"There are homes that are perfectly untouched, and others that are burned to the ground", Alpine Fire Protection District Chief Bill Paskle told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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