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 Rd.in 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.
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.
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.