California wildfire forces evacuations as blazes hit US

  • California wildfire forces evacuations as blazes hit US

California wildfire forces evacuations as blazes hit US

Residents in Canada and other western US states are facing a similar emergency.

Early Sunday morning, a special animal evacuation was made by a Santa Barbara County animal control officer as homeowners were out of town and animals were left in the home, according to officials. The fire is inaccessible to fire crews in some areas.

He's one of about 4,000 people who evacuated as flames raced through foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Sacramento. Deputies and Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers will be going to residences in this rural area to make sure they know they need to evacuate.

In Southern California, at least 3,500 people evacuated as two fires raged at separate ends of Santa Barbara County.

[6:40 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is 0 percent contained and has burned at least 150 acres of heavy vegetation. However, a lot of air resources are making great progress on this fire.

Firefighters built containment lines around half of a wildfire that has forced hundreds to evacuate near Breckenridge, Colorado, since breaking out on Wednesday. Firefighters say the flames are fuel driven and not wind driven.

Here's a look at the wildfires blackening the West.

Thousands of firefighters are working to extinguish 14 different fires across California. Its cause is under investigation.

So far, 35% of the fire has been contained.

The fire has burned almost 4 square miles, injured four firefighters and destroyed at least 10 structures, but that number is expected to rise, fire spokeswoman Mary Ann Aldrich said.

The Whittier Fire started Saturday and has since charred 20 structures, and threatened about 150 more.

Two major wildfires in California have forced almost 8,000 people out of their homes.

Julien Bourque of Rogersville, New Brunswick, said he's eager to help.

Rob Schweizer, manager of the Kamloops Fire Centre, said it had been an unprecedented 24 hours. The Canadian Armed Forces is already helping residents affected by evacuations and airlifting emergency workers and equipment.