Thousands flee wildfires in California, Canada

Sunday Whittier Fire briefing sheds new light on rescue efforts for 80 children

Eric Peterson, Santa Barbara County fire chief, said unsafe conditions meant the campers could not be taken out right away. Wildfires barreled across the b.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office issued an immediate evacuation for the Highway 154 corridor. Wildfires barreled across the baking la.

However that area is still on an evacuation warning, meaning residents should remain ready to leave. "I wasn't confident about the fact that we would be able to get them out in a timely manner", von Tillow said.

Others were not as lucky.

One of the fires grew to 12 square miles (31 square kilometers), traversing a mountain range and heading south toward coastal Goleta.

No major injuries have been reported in California's Alamo Fire, according to Santa Barbara County spokesman Gina DePinto.

After a weekend of blistering heat, firefighters will face additional weather-related complications, according to the National Weather Service.

A representative said high summer temperatures and the abundance of bone-dry grasses have created a unsafe fire situation across the Golden State. Fire crews from Los Angeles and Orange counties have joined the battle to fight the flames, where about 130 structures were threatened.

DC-10 tanker aircraft were spreading retardant in a bid to prevent the blaze, which has engulfed some 10,800 acres, from spreading, according to the Los Padres National Forest service.

The Forest Sevice also says the fire has "crossed the ridgeline and is backing downslope over Gato, Winchester and Glen Annie Canyons".

A 3-D map shows the burn area of the Whittier Fire as of Sunday night.

Wilsey says he started keeping his truck and camper loaded with supplies in February after anxiously watching a creek on his property swell during winter rains that prompted thousands to flee when spillways in the nation's tallest dam began crumbling.

The fire 2 miles north of the Breckenridge ski area hasn't spread significantly was burning on less than 1 square mile.

A pair of wildfires in the United States have quickly spread, threatening hundreds of homes in California and forcing evacuations at a popular lakeside campground and a summer camp. As of early Monday afternoon, the blaze had burned about 340 acres and was about 40 percent contained.

Here's a closer look at the fires burning in the western United States and Canada.

In Colorado, residents of almost 500 homes outside the ski town of Breckenridge were allowed to return home Friday night.

A wildfire destroyed three homes in a rural Arizona community over the weekend, while in New Mexico firefighters were mopping up a wildfire in the mountains overlooking Albuquerque.

Thankful her home has escaped a fire twice, Linda says it's the people who lost their homes this time around who she's really anxious about. Fire crews went by here home to set up for structure protection.

Two major wildfires in California have forced almost 8,000 people out of their homes. More than 300 homes have been evacuated, and as of July 8th, was only 20% contained. It's 15 percent contained.



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