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Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Fire near Oregon-California border jumps I-5

Fire near Oregon-California border jumps I-5

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection ( CAL FIRE) in a release issued at 7.30 p.m. local time (10.30 p.m. EDT) said, "Fire is 1000+ acres and 0% contained with multiple structures threatened". He said Saturday the supertanker is undergoing final checks at McClellan Air Base outside Sacramento.

Video from news helicopters showed fire crews running along Interstate 8 and trying to quell the flames that were spreading along the side of the freeway. The aircraft can carry 19,200 gallons of water, retardant or suppressant.

Wildfires burned through Southern and Central California on Friday, prompting mandatory evacuations as areas across the region experienced record-breaking heat.

The plane first flew missions past year in California.

Authorities said more than 350 acres had been burned and that hundreds had been evacuated.

It was one of dozens of fires across the dry American West, fueled by rising temperatures and gusty winds that were expected to last through the weekend.

In Colorado, nine major wildfires have razed through more than 216,000 acres, according to the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center.

Nine structures have been destroyed northeast of lake Berryessa, the first report of such damage.

For residents evacuating the area who need assistance with pets, the SB County Twitter recommends calling 805-681-4332.

Further up north and just south of the California-Oregon border, the 34-square-mile Klamathon Fire in rural Siskiyou County was just 5 percent contained. Fire bans have also been enacted by many counties. Hornbrook is in Siskyou County.

Among some of the treasured items lost in the fire were an 8-foot-wide painting of a Nativity scene that Durtschi had given his wife, wood carvings her father had made, his motorcycle and their children's bicycles. As of Saturday afternoon, the blaze is 80 percent contained.

Meanwhile, CAL FIRE has expressed concern that Verizon cellular towers near the town of Hornbrook could be under threat.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the area, allowing state resources to be devoted to fighting the wildfire and keeping people safe. They were transported to a local hospital and are in stable condition.

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