Thousands flee wildfires burning in US and Canada

Posted July 10, 2017

A fire in Santa Barbara County t hat started in the early afternoon on Saturday had spread to both sides of Highway 154 and was "completely out of control", county fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said.

In Butte County north of Sacramento, a third blaze, the so-called Wall Fire that broke out on Friday continued to grow Saturday, and was 2,700 acres and was 20 percent contained, Cal Fire said.

Brush fire in the 2400 block of Highway 154 near Camp Whittier, approximately 17 miles north of Santa Barbara.

The aggressive behavior of the Alamo Fire burning in southern SLO County and a part of northern Santa Barbara County as well as the Whittier Fire just off of San Marcos Pass, have prompted public health officials to issue an Air Quality Warning.

According to local PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey, monsoonal moisture is moving into Santa Barbara County, with scattered showers near the fire area.

There have been no immediate reports of fire-related deaths.

Reginald Varnado, another camper with Outdoor Afro, said he spotted smoke from the fire, and told other campers in the group to start packing up. On Saturday, authorities issued an evacuation for about 250 homes threatened by the fire.

Evacuation orders have been given to about 300 residents in the area.

Downtown Los Angeles had a high of 98 degrees, breaking a 131-year record for the day set in 1886, the National Weather Service said.

The fire trapped around 90 children and 50 counselors at the Circle V Ranch, a Californian summer camp, before they were evacuated.

Evacuations warnings are in place for the Tepusquet Blazing Saddles area.

In Washington, the Dry Creek fire forced a highway to be closed after rapidly growing to 500 acres.

No deaths have been reported as more than 1,000 firefights tackle the fierce fires.

As of 8:25 p.m. on Saturday, the Whittier Fire has reached 5,400 acres with 0% containment.

A young black bear leaves the area around Twitchell Dam as firefighters battle the Alamo fire near Santa Maria, California, U.S. July 7, 2017.

"Firefighters are making good progress, however, erratic winds and steep terrain are challenging suppression efforts", Cal Fire reported.

If the winds shift to the northwest, as expected, homes could burn, she said, as cited by LA Times.