Hundreds Forced To Flee California Wildfires

Wildfires in California have forced over a thousand residents to flee their homes and have put hundreds of homes in danger.

A blaze near a lakeside resort town has burned almost two-dozen buildings.  The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire near Bass Lake in Central California hit one neighborhood especially hard and destroyed several homes.

The fire started in a road near Oakhurst just south of a Yosemite National Park entrance.  The fires quickly progressed to Bass Lake because of strong winds.  The fire burned over 320 acres according to CalFire.

Over 400 homes are considered to be in danger form the flames.

Another fire burning about 60 miles outside of Sacramento has forced 133 homes to be evacuated.  CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said that the fire has burned 4.7 square miles and is 10 percent contained.  He attributed the fire’s rapid growth to a canyon full of thick, dry brush.

Fire officials say a heat wave in the area is making the conditions to fight the flames almost unbearable.  At least six firefighters have been wounded in fighting the flames.