US wildfire wreaks havoc
HORNBROOK: A wildfire raging through droughtstricken timber and brush near California’s border with Oregon killed one person and destroyed 40 buildings as it burned largely out of control, authorities said.
No other details were released about the death blamed on the fire that threatened 300 homes near Hornbook, a town of 250 people about 22km south of the Oregon border.
The so-called Klamathon Fire was one of dozens of blazes across the dry American West, fuelled by rising temperatures and gusty winds that were expected to last through the weekend.
North-north-west winds were blowing the embers and flames downhill and the fire was about a mile from downtown Goleta, county fire captain Dave Zaniboni said.
He told KNX-AM radio that he had seen four or five buildings burn.
“It’s burning down toward the populated areas of Goleta where all the residences and businesses are,” Zaniboni said. “We’re talking hundreds of homes.”
Mandatory evacuations were called for an area of about 1 500 people, the authorities said. – AP/ANA