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

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

He said 10 homes were destroyed and three damaged; another nine structures were destroyed.

"Starting Monday we're going to see a gradual cool down, as we shave just a few degrees off each day until about midweek it gets to something like normal, in the mid-90s (Fahrenheit) inland and 80s at the coast", said Jim Hayes of the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

In the mean time, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is assisting residents who live in the mandatory evacuation area with collecting necessities from their homes, like clothing and medication. It's estimated at 100 acres (40.5 hectares) or less. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Elsewhere in Northern California, the County Fire has charred 88,375 acres (35,764 hectares) in sparsely populated wooded areas of Napa and Yolo Counties.

The Klamathon Fire near the OR border had grown to 21,803 acres Saturday morning and was 5 percent contained, with evacuations in place.

A firefighter puts water on flames at a home on Fairfield Avenue in Goleta.

Smoke from the Klamathon Fire is observed just across the OR border in California on Friday, July 6, 2018. Showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon dropped.1 inches of rain in El Jebel and lighter amounts of the southeastern portion of the fire. It was 25 percent contained.

While no fatalities have been reported, the fire spread in 100-plus degree weather nearly as fast as some residents could flee their homes, the newspaper reported. The body of a resident was found Friday in the ruins of a home, among 15 destroyed structures tallied so far.

Parts of the San Isabel National Forest are closed.

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Elsewhere in California, the 138-square-mile (357-square-kilometer) County Fire northwest of Sacramento was almost 50 percent contained. It has destroyed 10 structures since it broke out June 30.

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.

The fire spans about 193 square kilometres near a popular fishing reservoir about 130 kilometres southeast of Salt Lake City, according to the Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands.

Growth on Colorado's third largest wildfire in terms of size in state history has slowed, but it is still spreading.

Officials say the 100-acre (40.5-hectare) fire in Goleta is 80 percent contained Saturday and numerous 2,500 evacuated residents will be able to return by late afternoon.

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

Washington state fire crews left this weekend to help fight flames in Colorado. Authorities said Saturday that afternoon storms could produce flash floods and mudslides in burn scars.

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