The Latest: Official say California blaze moved swiftly

HORNBROOK, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the Western United States (all times local):

12:00 p.m.

A local California official says a deadly blaze burning near the Oregon border moved swiftly through the rural area that is home to many retirees.

Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors chair Ray Haupt says the blaze moved so fast it quickly reached Hornbrook, a community of about 250 people about 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the Oregon border.

Authorities said one person was killed in the fire. But they gave no other details.

Haupt said Friday the fire is burning through grassland, oak and smaller brush and that it has destroyed several homes and killed livestock and horses.

He said many of the people he has talked to were either traveling or away for work when the blaze started Thursday and have not been able to find out the status of their homes.

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11:00 a.m.

Authorities in Oregon are urging hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts to avoid forested areas near the Oregon-California border, where a blaze has killed one person.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that although the blaze has not crossed into Oregon, officials are concerned people in remote areas could be unreachable in case they need to quickly evacuate.

It says the areas of concern include the Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Ashland and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

The office says search and rescue crews may be prohibited from engaging in search missions because of fire danger.

It says detour routes for the area have not been established.

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10:23 a.m.

A fire official says a person has died in a fast-moving blaze near the California-Oregon border.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Suzi Brady said Friday the person died in the blaze that started Thursday but that she couldn’t release any other details because next of kin have not been notified.

She says the blaze is threatening 300 homes near Hornbook, California, a town of 250 people about 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the Oregon border.

The fire in Siskyou County has burned more than 12 square miles (30 square kilometers). It is 5 percent contained.

Brady says the fire is being fueled by hot weather and extreme winds.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, citing “extreme peril” to people and property.

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