Firefighters struggle to fight fire
More than 21 structures were damaged
Hundreds of people evacuated their homes on Sunday due to two fires were out of control in California, including one that has affected more than twenty structures near a tourist town next to a lake, authorities said.
Before the fire that began shortly after 1:30 pm local time near the community of Bass Lake, in central California, the authorities ordered 1,000 residents to leave about 400 homes, a spokeswoman for the office said Madera County Sheriff, Erika Stuart.
The Forest Department and California Anticendios Protection (CalFire by its acronym in English) said the flames damaged or destroyed 21 structures. According to The Fresno Bee, a neighborhood was seriously affected; several houses were reduced to ashes and burning embers.
"This is heartbreaking," he told the newspaper CalFire Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson. "The situation makes me sick," he noted.
The affected region is a popular tourist destination
The fire started on a rural road on the outskirts of the community of Oakhurst, located on a hill south of the entrance leading into Yosemite National Park, and extended to the Bass Lake.
Fanned by the wind, the fire burned at least 129 acres (320) CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant.
The fire is contained by 20%.
The lake region is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. There were reports that the fire had affected the park.
Due to the destruction of fire, Gov. Jerry Brown seeks resources of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover 75% of the cost of fighting the fire, local officials said.
Evictions in Sacramento
In the north, 133 homes were evacuated due to a fire reported about 96 kilometers (60 miles) east of Sacramento.
Authorities County Sheriff's Office said El Dorado indicated the occupants of 406 other houses to prepare for eviction.
Berlant said the fire started on Saturday in a remote area, but increase in intensity on Sunday when he swept through the thick, dry brush in a canyon.
The fire has destroyed 10 square kilometers (4.7 square miles) and was contained in 10%.
According to forecasts, the heat wave will last until Tuesday
Meanwhile, in Southern California, were canceled on Sunday night evacuation orders for 200 homes in Silverado Canyon, Orange County, because firefighters had contained the fire by 50%.
Residents were evacuated after the fire started on Friday. The federal Forest Service reduced the burned 6.5 2.8 sq km area (2.5 to 1.5 square miles) due to better survey the fire.
Six firefighters suffered minor injuries, many of them in Southern California, and is in effect a warning of the presence of smoke for parts of Riverside and Orange counties.