Klamathon Fire Destroys 40 Buildings, Heads Into Oregon

07 July, 2018, 14:51 | Author: Sheila Harris
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CDFW's Iron Gate Hatchery along the Klamath River, the Klamathon Road fishing access below Iron Gate Hatchery, and the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area north of Yreka between Interstate 5 and Iron Gate Reservoir have been closed to protect public safety.

According to CAL FIRE's Siskiyou Unit, the Klamathon Fire started on the afternoon of July 5 two miles southeast of Hornbrook. The blaze, dubbed the Holiday Fire, quickly spread and within 45 minutes threatened homes in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Fairview Avenue, near Cathedral Oaks.

The fire is now 8,000 acres and 5% contained, according to CAL FIRE.

Multiple homes were ablaze in the area around North Fairview Avenue, according to Mike Eliason, a spokesman with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The fire, spanning 140 square miles (360 square kilometers), was partially contained, but crews struggled in steep, rugged terrain.

Near Aspen, the Lake Christine fire has enveloped more than 5,000 acres and destroyed three homes in the town of EL Jebel, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office said.

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Speaking in El Jebel near the fire Friday, Hickenlooper said ammunition that illuminates the path of fired bullets shouldn't have been used when fire restrictions are in place because of extremely dry conditions.

Near Los Angeles, Cal Fire was battling the 100-acre Valley Fire and the 100-acre Box Fire (15 percent contained), both in San Bernardino County. Gov. John Hickenlooper visited the area Friday.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the area, allowing state resources to be devoted to fighting the wildfire and keeping people safe.

Officials said the areas of concern include the Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Ashland, and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

In addition, Oregon Highway 273, the Old Siskiyou Highway, was closed at Oregon Highway 66.

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