Flames consume a home on N. Fairview Ave. as the Holiday fire burns in Goleta, Calif., on Saturday, July 7, 2018. The blaze has destroyed multiple homes. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Photo: Noah Berger/AP
Photo: Noah Berger/AP

One dead as wildfires spread across California, Western U.S.

UPDATE July 7 at 4:00 p.m. EDT:

At least one person has died following a fire on the California-Oregon boarder since it broke out Thursday.

The Associated Press reported that hundreds of houses have been torched. No other details were released about the death, but it occurred in Hornbrook, California, near the California-Oregon boarder, and was due to the Klamathon Fire.

In Santa Barbara County, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in response to the Holiday Fire, which has continued burning since July 6.

The fire has caused “conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property,” according to the proclamation.

Dozens of fires are threatening the region.

ORIGINAL STORY July 7 at 2:40 a.m EDT:

Record high temperatures Friday ignited several brush fires across Southern California that burned homes in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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Strong winds on the Santa Barbara County coast stoked the flames of what authorities have dubbed the Holiday Fire, which burned several homes in the hills above Goleta and threatened other communities, the LA Times reported.

Temperatures hovered around 100 degrees as firefighters battled the blaze, the Times reported. Powerful evening winds pushed the fire in different directions, making control difficult for firefighters.

The fast-moving fire in the Goleta Hills was reported around 8:40 p.m. Friday, KEYT reported. Mandatory evacuations have begun north of Cathedral Oaks, the television station reported.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office posted on social media that the fire began at a home and then spread to nearby brush. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department said that more than 100 homes were threatened and were urging some residents to evacuate, the LA Times reported.

In San Diego County, temperatures hovered near 100 degrees and a large fire sped through the canyons in Alpine, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The blaze destroyed 20 structures and burned more than 400 acres, officials said. At Camp Pendleton, 750 homes on the base were evacuated, the Union-Tribune reported.

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