The Last: 3 arrested in connection with Colorado wildfire

GOLETA, California. – The Latest news about the forest fires around the West (all times are local):

8:52 pm

Three people have been arrested for allegedly starting a Colorado wildfire by the exit of an unauthorized campfire unattended.

The Teller County Sheriff’s Office says on Monday that the 23-year-old David Renfrow, 19-year-old Kegan Owens and a 17-year-old boy arrested in connection with a fire that has destroyed at least eight homes. It is not clear whether they have lawyers yet.

The Chateau Fire in the state’s south central mountains has burned about 2 square miles (5 kilometers), but all of the evacuated residents allowed to return home.

It is one of the 10 major forest fires in Colorado. The largest, the Spring Creek Fire destroyed more than 130 homes and is 70 percent contained.

A fire not yet fully extinguished is suspected of starting of which 168 square miles (435 square kilometers) of fire.


7:30 pm

The crews have gained ground against a deadly wildfire burning on the California-Oregon state line that killed a man and injured three firefighters.

California fire officials say the blaze is 30 percent contained as of Monday morning.

The fire, one of many in the drought-stricken AMERICAN West, a person killed in their house and destroyed 72 structures.

It is also injured three firefighters, including one who had serious burns to his face and had to be hospitalized.

CalFire says the firefighter was released Sunday by the UC Davis hospital burn center in California.

The fire, which began Thursday near the community of Hornbrook has scorched 55 square miles (142 square km). The jump in Oregon on the weekend.

Authorities say a forest fire that shut down Interstate 580 in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday night is completely included, and all lanes are open again.


6:58 pm

The fight against the forest fires going on in the West, but there is also good news for a community scorched by the fire.

The last mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted in the Goleta area of Southern California, where a small but destructive fire burned out during the weekend.

Santa Barbara County authorities say the residents were allowed back into the area Sunday evening, although firefighters continue to work on the hotspots and not all of the electricity was restored.

An assessment of the burn area found that 13 single-family dwellings were destroyed, three homes were damaged, and 15 barns, workshops and sheds were lost.

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