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Crews battle fires across California, West Coast

Posted at 8:34 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 23:34:30-04

At least 25 major fires are ravaging California, and officials say high winds are making them challenging to contain.

Record high heat and bone dry conditions are making it challenging for crews fighting numerous fires out west. At least 25 large wildfires are burning in California alone. Officials say the Creek Fire near Fresno has scorched more than 140,000 acres in just four days, destroying at least 65 structures.

Overnight helicopters flying through the thick smoke rescued more than 50 people trapped at Lake Edison.

Over the weekend the blaze burning around Mammoth Pool Reservoir in California, where hundreds of campers were airlifted to safety. The Meek family tried to escape by car before being forced to jump in the water when the flames got too close.

"There was really no warning. The fire just moved so fast. So there was only so much we could do," said Mackenzie Meek

At the Dolan Fire in California, 14 firefighters deployed their shelters, 3 were airlifted to the hospital.

Authorities said the El Dorado Fire in San Bernardino County is now "slightly contained." That one was allegedly started by a family doing a gender reveal photo.

In Washington state, an entire town was barely left standing. The sweeping fire in Maulden destroying nearly 80% of the homes, including their post office and city hall.

In Utah flames from a wildfire threatened hundreds of homes while in Colorado families raced to escape the Cameron Peak Fire.

Colorado faced some drastic weather changes this week. Some areas that saw high temperatures in the 90s on Monday, are expected to see lows in the 30s and possibly some snow later Tuesday and Wednesday.