The Holiday Fire damaged or destroyed about 20 structures and threatened hundreds more.
He says that as of Saturday morning, the fire seems to be moving away from homes and other structures.
The Holiday Fire, one of more than three dozen major blazes burning across the U.S. West, broke out on Friday evening near the beach community of Goleta, California, South of Santa Barbara, and raced through the seaside foothills.
The 54,129-acre fire north of Durango is 50 percent contained as of Saturday night, according to fire officials.
Extreme heat and dry conditions this week have contributed to a number of powerful fires across California, destroying property, prompting evacuations and causing at least one death.
The family stayed the night with friends in town, but Durtschi couldn't sleep.
Another wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest was holding at 1.5 square miles and forced evacuation of about 700 homes in the mountain community of Forest Falls.
There were 1,688 firefighters at the Spring Fire as of Saturday morning. It was 37 percent contained early on Friday, officials said.
No other details were released about the death blamed on the fire that threatened 300 homes near Hornbook, a town of 250 people about 22 kilometres south of the OR border.
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 OR border.
Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol had asked the Oregon Department of Transportation to stop all traffic heading south on Interstate 5 near Ashland after the fire began.
Some fires have been calmed by rain while others have been stoked by wind and hot temperatures. Around the corner, a team of Santa Barbara County firefighters was busy hosing down the inside of another home, sending a plume of smoke into the air.
Elsewhere in California, the 138-square-mile (357-square-kilometer) County Fire northwest of Sacramento was almost 50 percent contained.
Shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, Huerfano County officials said Highway 160 had reopened and residents of Tres Valles could return home.
Cal Fire said some 3,831 firefighters were working to build containment lines around the blaze.
"After this Fourth of July weekend, we have been going hard and long", said Charley Burns, fire unit manager for the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR).