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Holiday Fire in Goleta scorches 100 acres; 80 percent contained

Holiday Fire in Goleta scorches 100 acres; 80 percent contained

A fire that jumped across Interstate 5 south of the OR border in California has closed the southbound lanes in that area, authorities said. Then in January, mudslides in the same area killed 20 people and destroyed still more homes.

Winds quickly spread the fire to one-thousand acres within a few hours.

The UC Santa Barbara campus is "not now under any immediate physical threat, but campus officials are closely monitoring the situation and will send out updates as necessary", according to an email sent out to UCSB students Friday night.

Numerous structures continue to burn but Zaniboni says the forward spread of the fire has been stopped.

Santa Barbara County Fire spokesperson Mike Eliason shared multiple photos and videos on Twitter showing homes engulfed in flames.

"It's burning down toward the populated areas of Goleta where all the residences and businesses are", Zaniboni said.

Approximately 750 people have been evacuated, officials said. "We know we've lost homes and lots of structures, including livestock and horses as well".

The fire moved so fast that some residents struggled to get out of the hillside community, and 911 lines were jammed with calls. It has also caused some evacuations.

OR authorities urged hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts to avoid forests near the state line. Endangered species habitats are threatened on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness.

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About 30 residents of Hornbrook chose to stay behind and were without water or electricity as of Friday evening, Cal Fire said at a press conference. It is 5 percent contained. That fire was contained to about a half acre. Winds are now pushing the fire southwest. One blaze reportedly burned at least five homes in Alpine.

Citing high temperatures, low humidity and erratic winds _ "conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property" _ Gov.

Officials say the Holiday Fire has burned 100 acres and reached 80 percent containment.

One firefighter was treated for minor facial burns.

Hundreds of homes have been evacuated.

Growth on Colorado's third largest wildfire in terms of size in state history has slowed, but it is still spreading. But the threat of a deluge raised the possibility of flooding in the area of a stubborn blaze in the southwestern corner of the state.

"We are still in the early stages of aggressively attacking this fire with both ground and air resources", she said. It destroyed their home by morning.

The biggest fires burning in the Mountain West states are the Spring Creek fire in Colorado and the Dollar Ridge fire in Utah.


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