Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Crews build containment around destructive California fires

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Jay Anderson | 09 July, 2018, 06:02

On Sunday morning, officials said 10 homes were destroyed and three homes were damaged.

Gusty northern winds of up to 45 miles per hour are expected in the Santa Monica mountain region, Santa Clarita Valley, Santa Barbara south coast and San Fernando Valley on Saturday.

The fire rages in Goleta, Santa Barbara County.

The fire's spread was stopped at about 100 acres (40.5 hectares) or less and teams were working on an accurate tally of damage in the neighborhood, where some houses were in ruins while homes next door were intact.

"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.

An online fundraiser for a California firefighter seriously injured in one of the many blazes burning in the state has raised almost $30,000.

The flames forced more than 2,000 people to flee their homes, and left thousands more without power, prompting the emergency declaration which frees additional funds for the firefighting effort.

The 5,916-acre fire is only 8 percent contained and has 555 crewmembers tackling it, according to fire officials.

A Gofundme page has raised the money in less than 24 hours for Cal Fire firefighter Brandon Feller. California's record heat There were four record highs set in Southern California on Friday, including Riverside (118 degrees), Van Nuys Airport (117 degrees), Burbank Airport (114 degrees) and University of California-Los Angeles (111 degrees).




"The firefighters have done outstanding work", Farris said. The fire also prompted OR authorities to urge people to immediately evacuate an area near the town of Colestin.

Other incident commanders have told Noozhawk that, based on aerial observations, they believe only 14 structures were destroyed. Ray Haupt, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, said losses included homes and livestock.

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

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.

The blaze consumed an estimated 20 structures, including homes and other types of buildings.

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

The fire spread to more than 20,000 acres, forcing the evacuation of small communities, including Hornbrook, where an unidentified body was found Friday morning in a burned out home.

Crews also had 50 percent containment of a southwestern Colorado fire that has blackened 85 square miles (220 square kilometers) north of Durango. The highway had reopened earlier Saturday only to be shut down a short time later due to increased fire activity.

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