Spring Fire grows to almost 107,000 acres, at least 132 homes burned

09 July, 2018, 05:59 | Author: Bert Pena
  • HORNBROOK Ore. – A local community is being partially evacuated due to a wildfire in Siskiyou County

"Cleaning the gutters, cleaning around the house, making sure there's nothing 10-20 feet (from the house) because one little spark could land on that and it could smolder and start a fire", said Burns.

Forecasters said the region's siege of heat would gradually ease through the weekend, but the unstable air mass unleashed downpours that triggered flash-flood warnings for the mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

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

"A chain dragging on a trailer have caused fires and, again, the exhaust (from a vehicle) and, of course, someone smoking and throwing that out", said Burns. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Firefighters now have the 106,985-acre fire 55 percent contained, according to fire authorities.

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. Firefighters had begun inspecting the fire zone, which covers an area almost three times the size of San Francisco.

Authorities say thunderstorms moving through the area Saturday generated a potential for gusty and erratic winds that can reach up to 25 miles per hour.

Parts of the San Isabel National Forest are closed. At least 132 homes have been destroyed.

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The fire is one of several that have ignited in southern California Friday, where temperatures topped 100 degrees. Fueled by hot, dry winds, the newspaper wrote, the fire "ignited a tree, jumped the river and spread into nearby hills".

It's the first California wildfire to kill a civilian since last December.

Multiple structures are threatened, damaged or destroyed, Brady said. It had destroyed 18 structures and damaged eight others by Saturday morning. Many homes and cabins likely burned, while others may be sheds or garages.

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.

Fire officials say they have contained the 400-acre blaze, though homes remain threatened.

Crews also had 50 percent containment of a southwestern Colorado fire that has blackened 85 square miles (220 square kilometers) north of Durango.

Video from news helicopters showed fire crews running along Interstate 8 and trying to quell the flames that were spreading along the side of the freeway. The highway had reopened earlier Saturday only to be shut down a short time later due to increased fire activity.

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