California sets record with 2 million acres burned; Jeff Paul reports from Los Angeles.
The destructive blazes were burning in a large swath of Washington state and OR that rarely experiences such intense fire activity because of the Pacific Northwest's cool and wet climate.
This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken at 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. EDT) and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows brown smoke from wildfires blowing westward in the atmosphere from California's Sierra Nevada to the Coast Ranges and from OR, top, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Large parts of the state reported temperatures in the triple digits, with Los Angeles County recording a peak of 115 degrees.
Fire officials overseeing the Evans Canyon Fire in southeast Washington state issued a Red Flag Warning until Monday due to strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures.
California has seen 900 wildfires since August 15, many of them started by an intense series of thousands of lightning strikes in mid-August. It broke out in the Sierra Mountains - a major tourism spot - north-east of Fresno on Friday.
Evacuation warnings were in place in the Big Creek and Partington areas north of the fire.
The Creek Fire in Central Californa continues to rage out of control almost a week after it started.
Beginning on Saturday night and continuing through Sunday morning, a Black Hawk helicopter and a large Chinook helicopter flew the 214 people to the National Guard base at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
Video showed tired hikers stepping off a Chinook chopper at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport with camping gear in tow after 46 people and four dogs were rescued from Lake Edison.
Map of the Beachie Creek Fire from Sept. 11. Credit Northwest Incident Management Team
"Every piece of vegetation you could see as far as you could see around that lake was on fire", Goding, an Army National Guard pilot, said on a video call.
The department said on Twitter that 976 personnel were battling the fire, which had continued to grow "under extreme conditions".
At the weekend, 200 hikers were rescued from the area.
The Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest has destroyed buildings in a tiny mountain town and led to a huge airlift for stranded campers.
The feared Santa Ana winds forecast for Wednesday in San Diego County did, indeed, appear but they were mild - a welcome piece of good fortune for firefighters who were able to make more progress on the fifth day of battling the Valley fire in East County.
In California, winds stoked unprecedented numbers of fires that have forced rescues and evacuations.
The Clovis Rodeo Grounds is at capacity and isn't accepting animals evacuated from the Creek Fire at this time, Fresno County spokesman Jordan Scott said Thursday morning. These are celebrations announcing whether expecting parents are going to have a girl or a boy.
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 figures provided by Cal Fire.
A power shutoff to prevent electric lines from sparking wildfires - the cause of the Paradise fire - prevented people from getting up-to-date information by internet, TV or their home phones, Culleton said. More than 170,000 residents are affected.
Newsom informed that fires have already burned 2.3 million acres of land thus far in 2020. "It's a little unnerving because September and October are historically our worst months for fires". It's usually hot, and the fuels really dry out.