The Alpine fire hopscotched through parched canyons, destroying 20 structures and scorching more than 400 acres, officials said.
He says that as of Saturday morning, the fire seems to be moving away from homes and other structures.
In heat-stricken Southern California, powerful winds that sent an overnight inferno hopscotching through the Santa Barbara County community of Goleta vanished in the morning, allowing firefighters to extinguish smoldering ruins of an estimated 20 structures, including homes.
Authorities believe human activity sparked the blaze, but an exact cause hasn't been determined.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, citing "extreme peril" to people and property.
Almost 2,500 people in the Cathedral Oaks neighborhood have been evacuated.
East of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino National Forest, authorities ordered the evacuation of the community of Forest Falls, which has about 700 homes, as a quick-moving fire swelled to 1,000 acres. As of Saturday afternoon, the blaze is 80 percent contained.
They say crews found Lulu running loose through the burn area. He said he hadn't yet told his two oldest children their home was gone. It was 43 percent contained on Saturday, the officials said.
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Ten people are reported missing in the Siskiyou County area as the Klamathon Fire rages on.
The fire is among several that have ravaged California as a heat wave hits the southern part of the state, with temperatures remaining around 100 degrees.
It appears that a house fire spread embers to dry brush, and that ignited an out-of-control blaze, county Sheriff's Department officials said.
The current heatwave has also prompted health concerns in southern California especially, even for those not affected by the wildfires. 2,000 households lost power, according to Santa Barbara County officials.
Some 3,660 firefighters faced with inaccessible terrain, high temperatures and low humidity, were battling the fire, which was only 48 percent contained. The Spring Fire in Costilla and Huerfano counties was reported at 106,985 acres Saturday morning.
The blaze showed "extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions" and has spread across the border in OR, according to Saturday morning's report. Traveling at speeds of almost 600 miles per hour, it can reach any fire in the state within 30 minutes.
Some fires have been calmed by rain while others have been stoked by wind and hot temperatures.