The Latest: the Campfire is prohibited in Rocky Mountain National Park

HORNBROOK, Calif. – The Latest on forest fires in the Western United States (all times are local):

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One of Colorado’s most popular national parks is banned all campfires in order to prevent the beginning of a new forest fires.

Under the prohibition of force, and Friday, campfires are not allowed anywhere in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Petroleum-fueled stoves and grills with on and off switches are allowed in the park, that was visited by 4.4 million people last year.

The park says the decision is based on the extreme fire danger, extended weather forecast and the current level of fire activity in the state.

The last time campfires were forbidden, there was in June 2012, another very dry period.

Different levels of fire restrictions in many other federal countries, in Colorado. Fire bans also adopted by many provinces.


12:00 pm

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 that the fire so quickly that it soon reached Hornbrook, a community of approximately 250 people, approximately 14 miles (22 km) south of the Oregon border.

Authorities say one person was killed in the fire. But she gave no other details.

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

He said that many of the people he has spoken to, were either travelling or for work, when the fire began Thursday and has not been able to find out the status of their homes.


11:00 pm

Authorities in Oregon are urging hikers and other lovers of the outdoors, avoid wooded 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 may be inaccessible in the event they need to quickly evacuate.

It says that the points of concern are 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 due to the fire hazard.

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


10:23 pm

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

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Suzi Brady said Friday the death of a person in the fire, which began Thursday, but that she could not release any other details, because next of kin have not been informed.

She says the fire is threatening 300 houses in the vicinity of Hornbook, California, a town of 250 people, approximately 14 miles (22 km) 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 fuelled by hot weather and extreme wind.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, citing “extreme danger” for people and goods.

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