120 fire fighters are battling to contain the blaze, which has destroyed 20 structures, KEYT reported.
As California's fire season enters full swing, Cal Fire San Luis Obispo has sent out almost 100 responders to assist with wildfires across the state, including at the Holiday Fire in Goleta, in neighboring Santa Barbara County.
Further up north and just south of the California-Oregon border, the 34-square-mile (88-square-kilometer) Klamathon Fire in rural Siskiyou County was just 5 percent contained.
A fire broke out in the hills above Goleta late Friday night, causing mandatory evacuations in the surrounding areas.
The family stayed the night with friends in town, but Durtschi couldn't sleep. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County due to the raging fire. Heat spreading from Southern California into parts of Arizona, Nevada and Utah threatened to worsen flames that have forced thousands of people to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of homes across the West.
About 750 people have been evacuated as the fire on Friday showed "extreme behavior with movement in multiple directions", according to Saturday morning's Cal Fire report. He woke at 5 a.m.to inspect the remains of their belongings and to compose himself before going to Santa Barbara to pick up his two oldest sons, who had been with a church youth group all week and didn't know their home was gone. Fire managers said it was 55 percent contained.
The blaze is threatening 300 homes near Hornbook, California, a town of 250 people about 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the OR border.
CAL FIRE said the evacuations came into effect in Hornbrook at 4.40 p.m. local time (7.40 p.m. EDT) and an evacuation shelter was established at Jackson Street School in Yreka.
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In northern California, near the OR border, an 8,000-acre fire has killed one person.
The fire is one of several that erupted Friday as temperatures topped 100 degrees in many Southern California areas and embers ignited tinder-dry brush.
"We bring the retardant to the firemen, but those folks on the ground, the men and women on the ground, they're really doing the tough work" he said.
With warm temperatures, windy conditions and potential for lightning, there's a chance of more fires in the coming days. Around the corner, a team of Santa Barbara County firefighters was busy hosing down the inside of another home, sending a plume of smoke into the air.
The Klamathon, which has destroyed 72 structures and blackened almost 30,500 acres (12,340 hectares), was 25 percent contained as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.
Also near San Diego, firefighters were battling the 10-acre Building Fire.
In Southern California - in a region that was devastated by the enormous Thomas wildfire and subsequent fatal mudslides over the winter - Santa Barbara County is burning again.
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