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California Wildfires Force Resident Evacuations, Burn Structures

By    |   Monday, 15 Sep 2014 05:22 PM

Hundreds of California residents were fleeing their homes Sunday as two wildfires burned structures and wreaked devastation, one of them in a resort town near Yosemite National Park.

According to The Associated Press, a fire pushed about 1,000 residents out of 400 homes in Madera County near Bass lake in central California and charred about 320 acres. Twenty-one structures were damaged, although it wasn’t immediately clear how many were homes.

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"This is gut-wrenching," CalFire Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson told The Fresno Bee. "It makes you sick.



The second fire started Saturday and was farther north toward Sacramento and forced residents to evacuate 133 homes, the Bee said. Other residents of an additional 400-plus homes were being told Sunday to prepare to leave.

Other fires over the weekend in Southern California were being slowly contained and evacuation orders were canceled, the Bee said. A fire in Silverado Canyon started Friday. An additional two wildfires in the northern part of the state were being contained, but destroyed at least two homes and three outbuildings in one fire and 10 structures in Mendocino County in a separate fire.

A California Fire Map, maintained by Cal Fire, a division of the state, identified 10 fires throughout the state on Monday.

NBC News reported that in addition to fighting the wildfires, the state’s firefighters were dealing with triple-digit temperatures.

“Just imagine the hottest place you’ve ever been in, then add another 10 to 20 degrees,” Orlando Ramirez, a firefighter in Redlands, told NBC.

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