San Miguel County Firefighters battle a brush fire along Japatul Road during the Valley Fire in Jamul, California on September 6, 2020. Liability from billions of dollars in claims from that and other fires forced the utility to seek bankruptcy protection.
The fire, which broke out in Yucaipa's El Dorado Ranch Park, is only 7 percent contained as of Monday and has burned more than 8,500 acres.
The Dolan Fire burning near Big Sur in Monterey County has scorched almost 36,000 acres, including portions of the Los Padres National Forest.
In northern California, more than 200 people had to be airlifted to safety over the weekend after a fast-moving wildfire trapped them near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir northeast of Fresno.
More than 14,000 firefighters are battling 25 major blazes in California. On Sunday, the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, California recorded a mid-day temperature of 121 degrees Fahrenheit - hotter on the day than Death Valley, and the hottest temperature EVER recorded in the history of southwest California.
The fire danger is also high in Southern California, where new fires were burning in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.
Evacuation orders were in effect throughout southern California on Monday afternoon.
The small town of Big Creek was largely engulfed by the fire; while several key buildings survived, including the elementary school and church, around half of its private residences have reportedly been destroyed.
Sheriff's deputies went door to door to make sure residents complied with evacuation orders.
We are bringing every resource to bear nationally and internationally to fight these fires, but until conditions improve, and we are confident that forest visitors can recreate safely, the priority is always to protect the public and our firefighters.
The fire is one of several around California that prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency in multiple counties on Sunday. "We have a Red Flag wind event in the forecast with vegetation conditions that are as flammable as they were during the 2014 King Fire".
At least seven people have died as a result of this year's fires and some 3,800 structures have been damaged or destroyed, according to Cal Fire figures.
California has seen almost 1,000 wildfires since 15 August, often started by lightning strikes.