Published: Tue, July 11, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

California wildfire forces evacuations as West bakes in record heat

California wildfire forces evacuations as West bakes in record heat

A wildfire burning in southwestern Idaho has grown to about 62.5 square miles (100.5 square kilometers) overnight, forcing the closure and evacuation of Bruneau Dunes State Park. A path towards Santa Ynez has already burned, which is helping firefighters contain parts of the fire. The blaze prompted Gov.

Aircraft also has assisted, but some aerial resources were diverted for a time over the weekend when other fires broke out in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Twin Southern California California wildfires - the Alamo Fire and the Whittier Fire a little to the south of it - are seen in this animation of imagery acquired by the GOES-16 weather satellite.

In Southern California, at least 3,500 people remained out of their homes as a pair of fires raged at different ends of Santa Barbara County.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said five residents and a firefighter had sustained minor injuries. Highway 166 through the area is also closed.

One of the most risky is the Whittier Fire in Santa Barbara County in coastal Southern California, which threatened children at a summer camp and has forced about 3,500 people to leave their homes, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Sunday.

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The Alamo Fire, which began Thursday, has prompted several evacuations in San Luis Obispo County, Cal Fire reported. This is according to a report that was released by Dave Zaniboni who is in charge of the fire department in the area.

With the forecast calling for 104-degree temperatures, the heat was combining with erratic winds to complicate the firefighting effort. She said falling ash covered vehicles with a white powder.

The remains of a structure and boats scorched by the Whittier fire sit along State Route 154 in Los Padres National Forest near Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County.

It has destroyed 20 structures and threatens another 150, officials said Sunday morning.

The Whittier Fire was very active all day Sunday and into the evening and as of 10:30 p.m. a mapping aircraft observed intense heat along most of the perimeter.

Sixty children were temporarily trapped by a wildfire on Sunday when an access road at a California summer camp was "completely enveloped by flames", a fire service spokesman said. They were later rescued by a group of U.S. Forest Service firefighters.

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"The fire continues to burn actively", the Cal Fire website said Sunday morning.

Antelope fire: This blaze is burning in Lassen National Forest near Eagle Lake.

Residents were ordered to evacuate from several roads in the rural area as flames climbed tall trees.

The fires are being fueled by a record-breaking heatwave.

The explosive fire has burned 10,823 acres and destroyed 20 structures.

About 4,000 people have evacuated the area. He saw the fire, which was about a couple hundred yards away, slowly creeping up the hill toward the home.

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It has destroyed 10 homes and four people were injured, according to the agency.

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