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Holiday Fire in Goleta scorches 100 acres; 80 percent contained

09 July 2018
Holiday Fire in Goleta scorches 100 acres; 80 percent contained

The Holiday Fire damaged or destroyed about 20 structures and threatened hundreds more.

Authorities say a new wind-driven fire erupted Friday night in the hills above Goleta in Santa Barbara County, burning 20 homes and threatening hundreds more.

The 400-acre fire was only 5 percent contained, but crews had virtually stopped its growth and were focusing on knocking down hotspots that continue to threatened houses and mobile homes, state fire officials said. No cause has been determined, but the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said there is now an active investigation. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the county. Almost 2,500 people in the Cathedral Oaks neighborhood were evacuated.

The Global Supertanker took off from McClellan just after 5 p.m. Saturday to help fight the Kalamathon Fire. He said he hadn't yet told his two oldest children their home was gone.

The 13,019-acre fire was 32 percent containment as of Sunday morning, according to fire officials.

The fire started June 27 five miles east of Fort Garland in Costilla County.

Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol had asked the Oregon Department of Transportation to stop all traffic heading south on Interstate 5 near Ashland after the fire began.

California's record heat There were four record highs set in Southern California on Friday, including Riverside (118 degrees), Van Nuys Airport (117 degrees), Burbank Airport (114 degrees) and University of California-Los Angeles (111 degrees).

County fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni tells KNX-AM radio that he saw homes burning Friday night in a residential area.

"We will not be hard-pressed, we are ready should something happen in the county", he said.

The state's first wildfire fatality since the deadly Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara occurred near the California-Oregon border, where the Klamathon Fire killed one civilian and injured a firefighter.

Firefighters now have the 106,985-acre fire 55 percent contained, according to fire authorities. The fire has grown to cover more than 21,000 acres.

"After this Fourth of July weekend, we have been going hard and long", said Charley Burns, fire unit manager for the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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

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