Holiday Road Fire in Goleta Causes Mandatory Evacuations

Lester Mason
July 8, 2018

Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the county.

ODOT said conditions could change depending on fire behavior throughout the day.

A Red Flag Warning, denoting extreme fire-weather danger, remains in effect for the South Coast through 10 a.m. Saturday.

The fire, which has spread with help from near-triple-digit temperatures and sundowner winds to 60 acres and is at 5 percent containment, prompted the Santa Barbara County Emergency Manager and later Gov.

Authorities said one person was killed in the fire.

No other details were released about the death blamed on the fire that threatened 300 homes near Hornbook, a town of 250 people about 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the OR border.

A wildfire that erupted during a Southern California heatwave has burned 35 acres and at least 20 homes in the hills above Goleta in Santa Barbara County, officials said.

He said numerous people he has talked to were either traveling or away for work when the blaze started Thursday and have not been able to find out the status of their homes.

The blaze destroyed an unknown number of structures and forced residents in the small communities of Hornbrook, Hilt and Colestein Valley to flee as flames crossed Interstate 5 near the California and OR border, local media reported. An animal shelter was also set up at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds.

In Colorado, officials said fire crews had made "much progress" battling the Spring Creek fire, which broke out on June 27 and has consumed 106,985 acres (43,295 hectares).

The County Fire in Napa and Yolo counties increased in size to 88,375 acres Friday and was 37 percent contained, Cal Fire said.

Hikers should avoid all forested areas near the Oregon-California border, according to Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) search and rescue members. With the weather getting hotter and drier, and officials said the fire could grow.

Officials described a chaotic scene as the fire burst out of control around 8:40 p.m., catching some residents off guard. This includes the Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Ashland, and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

That blaze destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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