Klamathon Fire Closes I-5 At State Line

Cheryl Sanders
July 8, 2018

Roadway closures in the area of the fire were implemented to keep people out of the way of firefighters, and the California Highway Patrol said Saturday that "all roads northbound from La Patera Lane to Patterson Avenue along Cathedral Oaks Road are closed to the public".

Authorities described "extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions", with threats to the California communities of Hornbrook and Hilt as well as Colestin, Oregon.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that evacuation shelters are operating from Jackson Street School in Yreka and Ashland High School for residents who have been told to leave their homes.

The fire's spread was stopped at about 100 acres or less and teams were working on an accurate tally of damage in the neighborhood, where some houses were in ruins while homes next door were intact. At the time of writing the fire is zero percent contained. The fire has not been contained and some 500 people have been ordered to evacuate. The company has been unable to get anyone out to that area yet to assess any potential damage, but they say that all tracks and structures will be inspected before trains begin running again.

Additional information on Cal Fire's website.

The fire prompted Gov.

Firefighters on Friday were battling blazes in Alpine, Dulzura and Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in San Diego County, California, where the National Weather Service had issued an excessive heat warning until 9 p.m.

A fast-moving wildfire driven by strong wind and high temperatures tore through homes north of Los Angeles on Friday. County 911 lines were jammed with calls, and emergency officials said they contacted 1,200 lines to urge evacuations. Cal Fire said it poses danger to about 990 structures.

CAL FIRE and the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department confirmed a civilian fatality from the Klamathon fire Friday. As of Saturday afternoon, the blaze is 80 percent contained. Gusty winds fanned the flames as Southern California struggles through a scorching heat wave. Around a dozen structures near the unincorporated town of Hornbrook have been destroyed.

Firefighters are making progress in containing several of nine major wildfires in Colorado, though a mix of hot weather and rains in the south and southwest are bringing fresh challenges.

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