One dead as California wildfires rage throughout state

Fire prompts partial evacuation of Hornbrook, California | KMVU Fox 26 Medford

The fire jumped across Interstate 5 south at the OR border in California and southbound lanes are closed in that area, authorities said. Near the communities of Hilt and Hornbrook, those tracks run roughly parallel to I-5.

Some 350 firefighters took advantage of a period of light winds early on Saturday to contain as much as possible of the blaze, which has burned through 50 to 80 acres (20 to 32 hectares), fire officials said. It's about 30 percent contained. Although the flames have not crossed into OR, officials are concerned people in remote areas can't be reached in case they need to quickly evacuate.

The fire has already destroyed 40 structures and killed one person.

"We have put everything on this", Cal Fire Deputy Director Mike Mohler said. Mandatory evacuations were called for an area of about 1,500 people, authorities said.

Another fire on the Camp Pendleton Marine base prompted the evacuation of 750 homes.

State of emergencies have also been declared this week by Governor Brown in San Diego and Siskiyou counties due to fires.

Many parts of Southern California hit new high-temperature marks Friday, with a few spots reaching the hottest readings recorded.

Conditions are expected to ease Saturday, said Tim Chavez of Cal Fire. A map from the department shows they span from the OR border south to San Diego County; from the west, in Santa Barbara County, to the east, on the border with Nevada.

The blaze started at 8:46 p.m. Friday when a structure fire on Holiday Hill Road spread to the vegetation and burned along North Fairview Avenue. It marked the first fatality of the fire season in California.

Varying degrees of fire restrictions are in place on many other federal lands in Colorado. Around a dozen structures near the unincorporated town of Hornbrook have been destroyed.

Scott McLean, deputy chief of Cal Fire, told CNN that residents need to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Firefighters wait for water as they battle flames at the Alpine Oaks Estates mobile home park during a wildfire Friday, July 6, 2018, in Alpine, Calif.

Elsewhere in Northern California, the County Fire has charred 88,375 acres (35,764 hectares) in sparsely populated wooded areas of Napa and Yolo Counties.