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Moving wildfire kills 1 in California, forces evacuations

An air tanker drops retardant on the so-called Benton Fire near the intersection of Benton Road and Crams Corner Drive in this image on social media in Anza California

A fast-spreading wildfire in California's Siskiyou County sparked on Thursday has caused the closure of Interstate 5 between Yreka, California and Ashland, Oregon, and prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency as the blaze has consumed 5,000 acres so far.

In the south, crews Saturday contained about 45 percent of a 167-square-mile fire that has destroyed more than 130 homes, while in Rocky Mountain ski country firefighters from 20 states were battling an 8-square-mile wildfire above the Roaring Fork Valley.

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.

One person has died in Siskiyou County during the Klamathon Fire, reports CalFire.

The Klamathon Fire had grown to 21,800 acres by Saturday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.

Cal Fire said some 3,831 firefighters were working to build containment lines around the blaze.

North-northwest winds were blowing the embers and flames from the house fire downhill, toward downtown Goleta, Zaniboni said.

Hot conditions and high winds were again expected to cause rapid expansion to the fire perimeter on Friday. On the ground, Cal Fire was joined by agencies from the surrounding communities and Oregon.

Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the county.

Klamathon Fire, Friday night.

The blaze ignited Thursday afternoon and quickly grew, forcing the evacuation of the small border town of Hornbrook.

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. One firefighter was taken to a hospital with facial burns and was reported in good condition.

The new blazes came as Southern California saw many areas top 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) Friday and more than a dozen got record-breaking temperatures for the day. The National Weather Service is warning of temperatures as high as 110 degrees for Saturday in certain counties.