At least two evacuees were severely injured and 10 others were "moderately" injured, according to local media.
The rescue capped a risky day as huge fires broke out in the Sierra as well as in San Bernardino and San Diego counties and much of the state endured historic heat that continued Sunday.
"Once the fire gets going, it creates its own weather, adding wind to increase the spread", Tune said.
Firefighters expect more active burning Sunday, when temperatures were expected to be even hotter. At least 2,000 structures were threatened in the area. Dubbed the El Dorado fire, the blaze began about 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the 37000 block of Oak Glen Road, spurring the evacuation of Oak Glen, Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village and parts of eastern Yucaipa.
Fire crews will attempt to get access to the area via water-dropping aircraft, Tune said.
Meanwhile, the CZU Complex Fire continues to burn in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.
"All our resources are working to make that escape route nice and safe for them", he said.
The lake, 56 kilometres northeast of Fresno, is surrounded by thick pine forests and is a popular destination for boating and fishing.
Cal Fire said almost 12,500 firefighters were battling 22 major fires in the state that have been spurred on by hot temperatures and dry weather.
An evacuation order means there is immediate threat to life, and the area is lawfully closed to public access.
The Fresno-Madera Red Cross has established two temporary evacuation points: at Foothill Elementary School in Prather in Fresno County and at North Fork Elementary School in the Madera County town of North Fork. The proclamation allowed power plants to operate beyond normal limits through the three-day weekend, which ends Monday with the Labor Day holiday. Several areas in Madera County were under mandatory evacuation orders.
A portion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness was closed, and hikers were urged to leave.
Fire crews have a grueling task ahead, as the Creek Fire is 0% contained as of Sunday.
On Sunday, there were more than 14,800 firefighters battling 23 major fires across California.
Despite the heat, firefighters were able to contain two major fires in coastal Monterey County. Many of them were sparked by lightning strikes from thousands of brief thunderstorms that have hit the state since the weekend.
There have been eight fatalities and almost 3,300 structures destroyed.