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The Latest: Person Killed As Siskiyou Wildfire Grows To Over 8000 Acres

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 about 14 miles south of the Oregon border. Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said Friday morning that 12 structures have been destroyed. The fire in Siskyou County has burned more than 8000 acres and it is 5 percent contained. Brady says the fire is being fueled by hot weather and extreme winds. All northbound Interstate 5 traffic was being turned around at Fawndale overnight except commercial trucks planning to take Highway 97 out of Weed toward Klamath Falls. Southbound Interstate 5 traffic was being stopped in Oregon. The CHP opened up the freeway Friday morning, with escorts through the fire zone until traffic became smooth. Evacuation orders are in effect for all of Hornbrook and the area of Hilt, Klamathon Road and Copco Road. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency, citing “extreme peril” to people and property. 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.