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HORNBROOK Ore. – A local community is being partially evacuated due to a wildfire in Siskiyou County

HORNBROOK Ore. – A local community is being partially evacuated due to a wildfire in Siskiyou County

The Klamathon Fire has burned 9,600 acres in California and parts of southern OR, and is one of about 10 fires raging in the state, fueled by rising temperatures and gusty winds.

According to the Duchesne (doo-SHAYNE') County Sheriff's Office, officials said residents allowed to return Saturday should remain on alert and prepared to evacuate if necessary.

A fast-spreading wildfire in California's Siskiyou County sparked on Thursday has caused the closure of Interstate 5 between Yreka, California and Ashland, Oregon, and prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency as the blaze has consumed 5,000 acres so far.

The fire started about two miles southeast of Hornbrook at the very time a red flag warning was in effect for high winds, high temperatures, and low humidity. conditions in which fires can grow quickly.

Firefighters battling wildfires throughout the U.S. West that have torched hundreds of homes got some help from the weather Saturday, even as they tallied damage from new fires that erupted amid a Southern California heat wave.

The state fires are among 60 large blazes burning in 13 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

The declaration states that the fire has destroyed structures and continues to threaten additional homes and livestock and the circumstances of the fire is "beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid or regions to combat".

Cal Fire said it poses danger to about 990 structures. Hundreds of people living and working in the vicinity have been evacuated.

More information on mandatory evacuations can be found, here. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in the county on Saturday.

Past year was the worst fire season on record in the state, with thousands of homes lost and dozens killed _ from Northern California wine country south to Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

Map showing the approximate location of the Klamathon Fire at 11:41 p.m. PDT July 5, 2018.

The 400-acre brush fire is swallowing up homes in the densely populated suburb of Alpine and it's only 4 percent contained. It was 42 percent contained by Saturday morning. It's not clear the flames burned homes or other structures like barns.

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