Danger : Wildfires rage in sweltering California forcing thousands to flee

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Danger : Wildfires rage in sweltering California forcing thousands to flee

A wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance behind a house that remains standing on the Ashcroft First Nation, near Ashcroft, British Columbia, late Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Almost 8,000 people are evacuated from their homes Monday, as dry conditions fuel more than a dozen wildfires in California.

This is also a tough weekend for 2,300 firefighters battling wildfires which have raged in much of the state and whose size exceeds records over past years.

The blaze forced people to flee cabins in the Los Padres National Forest and briefly stranded some 90 children and 50 counselors at the Circle V Ranch near Cachuma Lake, member station KPCC reports.

Wilsey, 53, and his family were among about 4,000 people evacuated as flames raced through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles (97 kilometres) north of Sacramento. More than 1,000 firefighters have been fighting the blaze that started on Thursday and was 10-percent contained as of Saturday afternoon, officials said. The fire is estimated to have burned 500 acres with zero percent containment. 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.

The so-called Alamo Fire, feeding on bone-dry vegetation, almost tripled in size on Saturday to about 19,000 acres (7,700 hectares) on the border between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Fort Mc Murray donations for BC wildfire evacuees
Fort Mc Murray donations for BC wildfire evacuees

Firefighters are making progress battling wildfires burning in Colorado.

The state is dealing with more than a dozen fires.

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

Even though California's crippling drought finally ended in April, fire season is still expected to be bad this summer because it's been so hot. The cause is still under investigation.

Fire crews have yet to contain the fire.

A wildfire burning in near Summer Lake in south-central OR has destroyed a hunting cabin and an outbuilding. Cal Fire said 5,400 structures were threatened. Almost 1,600 firefighters are trying to get the fire under control.

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