Spring Fire Nears 107,000 Acres; Hwy 160 Reopened Briefly

Spring Fire Nears 107,000 Acres; Hwy 160 Reopened Briefly

"It was a small fire but it had a powerful punch to it", Santa County Fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.

A wildfire raging through drought-stricken timber and brush near California's border with OR killed one person and destroyed 40 buildings as it burned largely out of control, authorities said today.

Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors chair Ray Haupt says the blaze moved so fast it quickly reached Hornbrook, a community of about 250 people about 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the OR border.

The page says any money raised will help Feller support himself in the coming year, since he makes most of his money working overtime as a firefighter.

OR authorities urged hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts to avoid forests near the state line. One outbuilding, a vehicle and a trailer were destroyed, according to Cal Fire-Butte County. Officials were concerned people in remote areas can't be reached in case they need to quickly evacuate. Dry fuel in the timber remained a concern as well, he said.

The fire was partially contained, but crews struggled in steep, rugged terrain. Brown to declare a state of emergency in San Diego County, saying people and property are under "extreme peril."

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Friday that although the blaze has not crossed into OR, officials are concerned people in remote areas could be unreachable in case they need to quickly evacuate. That fire has scorched about 85 square miles (220 square kilometers) and is 50 percent contained.

The fire is now 22,000 acres with 20 percent containment, fire officials said in a Saturday night report.

With major wildfires in California and Colorado, local officials are warning of similar danger in our area. They say it is just smouldering and rain over the coming days should keep it from spreading.

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.

Several fires continue to burn in southern California as well: In San Bernardino County, the Valley Fire that started Friday has grown to 1,000 acres, with Cal Fire not reporting any containment. At least 132 homes have been destroyed.

The state fires are among 60 large blazes burning in 13 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The blaze has burned about 75 square miles (193 square kilometers) and destroyed 90 structures, including homes, cabins, sheds and garages, since starting Sunday in the mountains.

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

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