The National Interagency Fire Center has reported more than 60 wildfires currently burning in 13 states across the U.S. most of them in the West and Alaska. California, Colorado, and Utah all remain under evacuation orders because of the aggressive wildfires. Colorado’s Spring Creek Fire, the state’s third-largest on record, has destroyed 100 homes and forced the evacuations of 2,000 other homes. The blaze has scorched nearly 161 square miles and was 35 percent contained, according to InciWeb. A wildfire in central Utah has destroyed an estimated 90 structures, including homes.
A spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said that there were close to a dozen fires that crews were working to contain. “We have roughly about 500 firefighters assigned, and we have more coming in today, including an incident management team,” says Lee Beyer, a public information officer with the U.S. Forest Service. He says that as of Saturday morning, the fire seems to be moving away from homes and other structures.
In Los Angeles fires burned through numerous homes in Santa Barbara County with an evacuation order extending to more than 2,000 residents. In San Diego County Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergy where fires have burned more than 1,000 homes. Cal Fire San Diego tweeted that firefighters continue to make progress, and containment has risen to 30 percent.
The Klamathon Fire in California has claimed one life, The body of a resident was found Friday morning in the charred ruins of a Hornbrook home, but authorities were struggling to identify the body. The Klamathon Fire was noted as “extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions. The fire has grown to cover more than 21,000 acres. By Friday the fire was only 5 percent contained but crews had stopped its growth and were focusing on knocking down hot spots that continue to threaten houses and mobile homes, state fire officials said.
The National Weather Service is warning of temperatures as high as 110 degrees for Saturday in certain counties. The hot temperatures and low humidity, as well as the gusty winds, create conditions in which fires can grow rapidly in size and intensity.