People forced to evacuate homes after wildfires spread through California

People forced to evacuate homes after wildfires spread through California

People forced to evacuate homes after wildfires spread through California

The fire, which began Thursday afternoon and is under investigation, closed Highway 166 in the area.

Firefighters also continued their fight against a wildfire burning in the southern Sierra Nevada's Sequoia National Forest as it grew to more than 18 square miles Saturday.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in California, as wildfires continue to spread.

The Whittier Fire in Santa Barbara County has claimed more than 7,800 acres, the county tweeted about 7:15 a.m. California time. The cause of the fire remains unknown, Los Padres National Forest officials said. Temperatures could range between the upper 90s and 110s Fahrenheit.

A record that stood for 131 years in Los Angeles was beaten when the temperature reached 98F (36.6C).

"We're hopeful about holding the lines", fire spokeswoman Mary Ann Aldrich said.

All campers and staff are safe, organizers said in a message posted on social media.

Fire engines were positioned alongside the roads affected by mandatory evacuation orders to protect structures from encroaching flames.

A more recent update from Cal Fire has not been posted as of 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

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Forecasters warned that temperatures of up to 43 degrees would be common in some inland areas and could be deadly for the elderly, children and outdoor workers.

Smoke from the fire burning near the Twitchwell Reservoir and Highway 166.

The blaze about 60 miles north of Sacramento grew rapidly to more than seven square miles and was almost 20% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

And in Nevada, fire officials have ordered evacuations for a wildfire that is near the same area where another blaze has already burned for days.

Two separate brush fires broke out in the 7700 block of Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Maria on Friday evening.

Authorities have said that ground and air resources have been deployed to face this blaze's "extreme fire behavior".

"It's a big fire and very unpredictable right now with the weather conditions, the heat, the wind and we'll keep our fingers crossed that the fire service will be able to contain this", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Saturday.

Officials said close to 200 homes have been evacuated so far. CAL FIRE's Type 1 Incident Management Team led by Brett Gouvea has assumed command of the fire. "The fire is burning primarily to the northwest and southwest".

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