State of emergency declared by governor for Santa Barbara County

Jul 08, 2018, 03:56
State of emergency declared by governor for Santa Barbara County

On the California-Oregon border, the fire ignited Thursday and moved swiftly through the region that is home to many retirees, said Ray Haupt, chairman of the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors. He said Saturday the supertanker is undergoing final checks at McClellan Air Base outside Sacramento.

"Identification of the deceased is pending further investigation and notification to the next of kin", Cal Fire officials in Siskiyou County tweeted on Friday morning. The aircraft can carry 19,200 gallons of water, retardant or suppressant.

Mandatory evacuations effective Saturday morning were in the area between Cathedral Oaks Road and West Camino Cielo Road, and between La Patera Lane and North Patterson Avenue, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The plane first flew missions a year ago in California. The Statesman Journal reported that the flames had spread across 5,000 acres by the evening.

A fast-moving wildfire driven by strong wind and high temperatures tore through homes north of Los Angeles late on Friday, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.

"Thanks to some very courageous staff and animal control we have many birds with us now from baby bird room and pelican pools".

The Alpine fire hopscotched through parched canyons, destroying 20 structures and scorching more than 400 acres, officials said.

The wildfire temporarily shut down Interstate 5 in both directions and prompted evacuations. Relative humidity is as low as 7 percent today in Southern California.

Also on Friday, firefighters had discovered one person dead in a home that was burned down due to a blaze which began in Siskiyou County near the OR border on Thursday. It was 43 percent contained on Saturday, the officials said.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County, saying people and property are under "extreme peril" due to the West Fire.

Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni says there's no wind at all Saturday morning - a far different situation than Friday night when the fire erupted and was spread wildly by 50 miles per hour (80 kph) gusts. The National Weather Service is warning of temperatures as high as 110 degrees for Saturday in certain counties. They were transported to a local hospital and are in stable condition.