Hundreds evacuated as wildfires spread across Californian coast

Hundreds evacuated as wildfires spread across Californian coast

Hundreds evacuated as wildfires spread across Californian coast

Downtown Los Angeles saw a high of 98 degrees on Saturday, beating out the 131-year record of 95 degrees set in 1886, according to the National Weather Service.

"The road that we live on was hit hard", Reitan said.

California's wildfire season is getting longer and more intense, and scientific and forestry experts foresee hotter and drier conditions that would make the situation significantly worse. If the winds shift to the northwest, as expected, homes could burn, she said, as cited by LA Times.

In California, some 5,000 firefighters are battling 14 large wildfires, state officials say.

Rob Schweizer, manager of the Kamloops Fire Centre, said it had been an unprecedented 24 hours.

"I prayed that if I didn't die I would go to church and right when I prayed the firefighters came", Madere said.

Some 300 residents were to evacuate Santa Barbara and neighboring San Luis Obispo County, AP reported.

The blaze, which is close to Los Padres National Forest, is burning on both sides of highway 154 near the San Marcos Pass. All campers and staff are safe and accounted for, he said, and were returned to their parents/guardians throughout the counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles by 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni branded the blaze "completely out of control". It was 17 percent contained. He said crews will be attempting to prevent the fire from spreading west of Tepusquet Peak and protect homes in the Tepusquet Canyon area. Its cause was unknown.

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The Truckee Fire in Nevada was one of the largest at almost 100,000 acres in size, according to the InciWeb tracking service.

Dozens of people at nearby Camp Whittier and Lake Cachuma also had to abandon their tents and RVs as encroaching flames threatened.

On the county Twitter feed, officials said some outbuildings had been burned.

A third fire, dubbed the Wall Fire, destroyed ten homes and injured four in Butte County, just north of Sacramento.

The fast-moving Alamo fire started Thursday and quickly charred 19,000 acres by Saturday.

Elms said officials are not aware of any structures that have been destroyed. Fires are burning from New Mexico and Arizona, to Washington and Montana.

More than 2,000 people are estimated to have been evacuated yesterday, CNN report.

Before getting into the details of how residents can protect homes and loved ones, it's important to note the serious toll a major fire can inflict.

The blaze started about 1:40 p.m. Saturday near Camp Whittier, at 2400 Highway 154, and may have been sparked by a auto fire, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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