Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Klamathon Fire burns into Hornbrook, California, closes I-5

Burning on both sides of Interstate 5 it kept going north at least another seven miles to another small town, Hilt, which is about a mile south of the OR border.

Fire officials say evacuations were ordered Friday afternoon for the community of Forest Falls because of a quick-moving fire in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Flames from the so-called Alpine or West Fire charred at least 400 acres along Interstate 8 in eastern San Diego County as temperatures soared to 108 degrees.

"Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Siskiyou County due to the effects of the Klamathon Fire, which has destroyed structures, threatened homes and critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents", the declaration said.

CAL FIRE and the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department confirmed a civilian fatality from the Klamathon fire Friday.

More information on mandatory evacuations can be found, here.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday that the blaze had burned almost 8 square miles (20 square kilometers) with 0 percent containment.

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As the Klamathon Fire continues to burn just over the state border in Siskiyou County, officials on the OR side are preparing for any number of risks associated with the unpredictable wildfire that has already caused untold damage and loss of life.

Haupt said Friday the fire is burning through grassland, oak and smaller brush and that it has destroyed several homes and killed livestock and horses. It is 37 percent contained, and evacuation orders are in place.

Authorities said the blaze started with a house fire and gusty winds reportedly were pushing the flames. Although the flames have not crossed into OR, officials are concerned people in remote areas can't be reached in case they need to quickly evacuate. With the weather getting hotter and drier, and officials said the fire could grow. Gov. John Hickenlooper visited the area Friday.

Also near San Diego, firefighters were battling the 10-acre Building Fire.

The fire in Siskiyou County has burned more than 12 square miles (30 square kilometers).

It has forced a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 40 to close since Wednesday, said Sonya Capek, a fire spokeswoman.

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