US wild­fire wreaks havoc

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - WORLD -

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

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