One dead in Siskiyou fire

One dead in Siskiyou fire

The fire had burned 50 to 80 acres as of Saturday morning and was only 5 percent contained.

One person has died in a wildfire that grew rapidly near the Oregon-California border, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

A fast-spreading wildfire in California's Siskiyou County sparked on Thursday has caused the closure of Interstate 5 between Yreka, California and Ashland, Oregon, and prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency as the blaze has consumed 5,000 acres so far. It was 43 percent contained on Saturday, the officials said.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in San Diego County, where fires have burned homes, damaged infrastructure and forced evacuations.

In a Utah mountain area, a wildfire that destroyed 90 structures and forced more than 1,100 people to flee was growing, but fire officials hoped to gain more control after their work Friday.

The fire was only 5 percent contained Friday night, but crews had virtually stopped its growth and were focusing on knocking down hotspots that continue to threaten houses and mobile homes, state fire officials said.

Meanwhile, CAL FIRE has expressed concern that Verizon cellular towers near the town of Hornbrook could be under threat. Evacuation orders for hundreds of people living and working in the vicinity remained in place.

Hundreds of firefighters, from Santa Barbara County and throughout the region, including San Luis Obispo County, are on scene to fight the fire, along with more than 30 engines and support aircraft.

East of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino National Forest, authorities ordered the evacuation of the community of Forest Falls, which has about 700 homes, as a quick-moving wildfire swelled to 1,000 acres (about 1.5 square miles). The Klamathon Fire has raged through about 8-12 miles of those tracks so far, according to a CORP spokesperson. A situation summary from Cal Fire Saturday morning noted "extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions".

The blaze is threatening 300 homes near Hornbook, California, a town of 250 people about 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the OR border.

The County Fire in Yolo and Napa counties was largest uncontained fire in the north state Friday morning, at 88,375 acres.

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