1 person dies in wildfire near California-Oregon border

1 person dies in wildfire near California-Oregon border

120 fire fighters are battling to contain the blaze, which has destroyed 20 structures, KEYT reported.

Santa Barbara County officials declared a local emergency on Saturday as a fast-moving wildfire destroyed 20 homes and other structures and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

The Holiday fire in Goleta, California, north of Santa Barbara, grew rapidly overnight and is now at a size of 100 acres.

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.

Authorities believe human activity sparked the blaze, but an exact cause hasn't been determined.

The family stayed the night with friends in town, but Durtschi couldn't sleep. Mandatory evacuations were called for an area of about 1,500 people, authorities said.

A year ago was the worst fire season on record in the state, with thousands of homes lost and dozens killed _ from Northern California wine country south to Los Angeles and San Diego counties. A situation summary from Cal Fire Saturday morning noted "extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions". It is 5 percent contained.

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On Friday, the remains of an unidentified person were found near a home burned to the ground by the Klamathon fire, which broke out on Thursday near California's border with Oregon.

The Southern California fires erupted Friday as strong high pressure over the West spawned an epic heat wave that saw parts of Los Angeles broil in temperatures up to 117 degrees (47.2 Celsius).

Southern California firefighters are taking advantage of calm conditions to attack a small but destructive wildfire in the Santa Barbara County community of Goleta, one of many conflagrations burning in the hot and dry West. The fire has grown to cover more than 21,000 acres.

"We don't even have an address because of the devastation around the area", Siskyou County sheriff's Lt. Jeremiah LaRue told the San Francisco Chronicle. It marked the first fatality of the fire season in California.

Firefighters also battled blazes in Alpine, Camp Pendleton, the San Fernando Valley, Cajon Pass, Forest Falls and Montecito Heights.

Officials issued a flash flood watch for the 85-square-mile (220-square-kilometer) area burned by a fire that started June 1.

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

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