California wildfires: Hundreds evacuated as flames spread

California wildfires: Hundreds evacuated as flames spread

Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western USA and Canada, destroying a smattering of homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and counselors at a California campground.

Hundreds of people have been ordered to evacuate after searing temperatures led to dozens of blazes in the US West and Southwest. There have been no immediate reports of fire-related deaths.

The blaze known as Wall Fire started Friday and by Sunday evening had burned 5,600 acres and was 25% contained, officials said.

The Alamo fire which broke out Thursday spread to 6,000 acres and eventually roared across 12,000 acres near San Luis Obispo County by Saturday.

On Saturday, campers and counselors had to be evacuated by emergency personnel after an out-of-control fire in Santa Barbara County, Calif., surrounded Circle V Ranch, a summer camp.

Temperatures had reached record levels in California and forecasters are warning they could go even higher. Officials said that the flames were "completely out of control" as temperatures reached almost 38C and fires were fanned by strong winds.

There were reports of structures that were lost in one camp, assumed to be cabins, said Zaniboni.

According to Harris, the fire is now burning in a five-year-drought-affected area that has not burned in over 60 years. The buildings on the camp's 30 acres of leased US Forest Service property were saved, Lopez said in a statement.

About 60 miles southeast, between 150 to 200 homes were issued evacuation orders due to another blaze, DePinto said.

Crews fighting the Alamo Fire are once again expecting hot weather and low humidity throughout the day, with temperatures already in the 80s in the fire area, officials said.

Two fast-moving wildfires continued to rage across Santa Barbara County on Sunday amid a record-breaking heat wave.

Tom Horning, a camper from San Diego, said he spent two days in Lake Cachuma, near where the fire burned, when his wife got a text asking if they were able to evacuate safely.

Containment was at 5 percent as of the Sunday morning briefing.

For the southern region of the county, a number of small animals were sheltered overnight Saturday including one horse, three cats, four dogs, four birds, and a guinea pig, according to officials.

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