Offbeat California wildfires: Homeowners come home to ash and rubble

12:30  08 july  2018
12:30  08 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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Eric Durtschi surveys the remains of his home, leveled by the Holiday fire, in Goleta, Calif., on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Durtschi, who has six children, said he moved with his family from Utah two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)© Noah Berger/AP Eric Durtschi surveys the remains of his home, leveled by the Holiday fire, in Goleta, Calif., on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Durtschi, who has six children, said he moved with his family from Utah two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Eric Durtschi and his family moved to Santa Barbara County two weeks ago. Their home is now a dusty pile of ash and mangled metal, torched by a fast-moving fire in Southern California.

"It's really hard to see. We saw it burning live on TV," he told CNN affiliate KTLA.

The family was watching a movie Friday night when their daughter smelled smoke. The Holiday fire -- one of nearly a dozen wildfires ravaging the western United States -- was quickly approaching.

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100,000 evacuated and 5,700 homes and businesses destroyed as wildfires race toward wineries and historic town of Sonoma. Other teams came from Canada and Australia. Crews were using 840 fire engines from across California and Entire neighborhoods have been reduced to ash and rubble .

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Durtschi's home was among 20 structures destroyed by the fire weeks after he moved from Idaho.

"We have six kids, and I want them to know this isn't the end," Durtschi said. "It's fine, we're all alive."

Just last year, a wildfire roared through the region followed by fatal mudslides.

Thousands evacuated

The rapidly spreading fire has burned through 100 acres in Goleta and is 80% contained.

About 2,500 people were initially forced out of their homes when authorities ordered mandatory evacuations, but most were allowed to return Saturday. The record heat that fueled wildfires in California improved slightly Saturday, giving firefighters a break.

A heat wave will continue bringing triple digit temperatures to California on Sunday, but some areas will be "noticeably cooler" with temperatures in the 90s, the National Weather Service said.

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In addition to fueling wildfires, the heatwave left thousands without power in Los Angeles on Saturday due to high electricity demand.

Blaze near border with Oregon

Another fire burning near the California-Oregon line, known as the Klamathon Fire, has left one person dead. It grew to 22,000 acres Saturday, but conditions helped firefighters reach a 20% containment, officials said.

"When the humidity goes up, the fire burns less intently. That gives us the opportunity to get in there and make some really good headway," spokesman Jeff LaRusso of Cal Fire told CNN affiliate KTVL.

Ray Chaner quickly put to work hoses and sprinklers when another California blaze, the West Fire, threatened his home.

The retired Cal Fire firefighter rushed home when his wife called, saying she spotted flames nearby.

"Got water on the fire. Got water on my house. Checked my neighbor's house," he told CNN affiliate KSWB.

The blaze has scorched 504 acres in San Diego County and destroyed 18 structures, including several homes.

Carol Beaty found piles of ash and rubble when she returned home after evacuating.

"We have nothing, I mean there's nothing salvageable here," Beaty told KSWB.

The fire was about 81% contained Saturday, but left behind a trail of burned cars and homes.

"We've lost everything. Everything is gone. Everything we've worked for, everything -- I mean, years and years and years," she said.

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Three people have been arrested for allegedly starting a Colorado wildfire by leaving an unauthorized campfire unattended. The Teller County Sheriff's Office says Monday that 23-year-old David Renfrow, 19-year-old Kegan Owens and a 17-year-old boy were arrested in connection with a fire that has destroyed at least eight homes. The Chateau Fire in the state's south central mountains has burned about 2 square miles, but all evacuated residents have been allowed to return home. It's one of 10 large wildfires in Colorado. The largest, the Spring Creek Fire, has destroyed over 130 homes and is 70 percent contained.

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