Thousands evacuated ahead of fast-moving California wildfire

HORNBROOK Ore. – A local community is being partially evacuated due to a wildfire in Siskiyou County

A brush fire driven by high winds in Goleta, California, has destroyed homes and prompted thousands of evacuations.

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.

Firefighters in Butte County were busy putting out multiple fires Saturday afternoon. It's estimated at 100 acres (40.5 hectares) or less.

Fire officials do not know what caused the blaze, he said.

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

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The sweltering weather began last Friday with temperatures hitting 35C (95F), high humidity and, on the last day, a smog advisory. The other victims were reported in the southwest of the French-Canadian province, the Quebec health ministry said.

Ray Chaner quickly put to work hoses and sprinklers when another California blaze, the West Fire, threatened his home.

The Klamathon, which has destroyed 72 structures and blackened almost 30,500 acres (12,340 hectares), was 25 percent contained as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire. "Cal Fire has been nothing but incredible and supportive, and we are overwhelmed by the brotherhood and support services they have provided".

Another wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest was holding at 1.5 square miles and forced evacuation of about 700 homes in the mountain community of Forest Falls.

It also offered relief in the southern Colorado mountains where a blaze has destroyed over 130 homes and forced the evacuation of at least 2,000 properties. Their home is now a dusty pile of ash and mangled metal, torched by a fast-moving fire in Southern California.

However, the fire continues to spread into the timberland of Klamath and Rogue River-Siskiyou national forests. It marked the first fatality of the fire season in California. It destroyed 22 structures. Ten structures were counted destroyed but damage assessments were continuing.

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In Utah, meanwhile, authorities allowed the return of some residents who fled a wildfire near a popular fishing lake 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City. Many homes and cabins likely burned, while others may be sheds or garages.

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.

Firefighters are making progress on a wildfire that has burned more than 130 homes and blackened almost 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) in southern Colorado.

And in central Colorado's Park County, crews encircled a third of a spotty fire that forced the Buffalo Creek Wilderness to close.

Authorities said one person was killed in the fire. The highway had reopened earlier Saturday only to be shut down a short time later due to increased fire activity.

Southern Ontario still under extreme heat warning
The mercury has regularly topped 30 degrees since Friday in southern Quebec, accompanied by stifling humidity levels. However, daytime highs are still expected in the low thirties in the next two days.

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