Surrounded by flames, firefighters rescue U.S. flag from wildfire

Bakersfield, California, is forecast to top 106 degrees again on Monday, before temperatures drop slightly into the low 100s for the rest of the week, CNN Meteorologist Rachel Aissen said.

"Conditions are not good today, obviously", Sheriff Bill Brown said Saturday, speaking from a sheriff's command center set up along Highway 154 near the Santa Ynez River Bridge.

"Many cities in this region have not seen rainfall since May".

Two major wildfires in California have forced almost 8,000 people out of their homes. The fire, which began Thursday July 6, 2017, burned 45 square miles by Monday, when CAL FIRE reported 14 large wildfires burning throughout California.

Lake Cachuma Campground, Camp Whittier and The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre were evacuated Saturday along with Circle V Ranch, Live Oak Campground and Cachuma Village.

"It was terrifying", she told the paper.

"I was confident in our firefighters to reach them".

CNN affiliate KEYT tweeted a video taken from inside a vehicle driving through the smoke.

Small animals evacuated during the fire were being accepted at the Santa Barbara Humane Society, 5399 Overpass Road in Santa Barbara.


The fire has now burned approximately 19,000 acres and remains at 10% containment as of 7 a.m. Its cause was unknown.

The Alamo Fire is now 15 percent contained.

Fire spokeswoman Mary Ann Aldrich said additional homes were destroyed overnight. Crews were working to protect structures in the four towns while reinforcing fire lines and trying to prevent it from spreading to the reservation.

According to the report of NBC, about 80 people at Circle V Ranch Camp in Santa Barbara County, majority children, were evacuated and reunited with their families later in a "rescue operation" Sunday, who were forced to stay put and take shelter Saturday night as acres of forest burned.

Forty-five fires are burning across the Western part of the US, according to the US Forest Service.

Elsewhere, fires are also burning in Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and Nevada.

Thousands of residents in the western USA have fled their homes as wildfires barrelled across the baking landscape, destroying property. The fire is still very much active said Public Information Officer Chris Elms with CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo.

Parkfield fire: The blaze in Monterey County has charred 1,816 west of Parkfield.


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