Fast-moving wildfires lit up central Colorado, forcing thousands from their homes and scorching some 12,000 acres of brush and timber.
Of the five fires burning, the most problematic was the Black Forest Fire.
Tinder-dry conditions and gusty winds fueled the fire, just northeast of Colorado Springs, prompting mandatory evacuations over an area covering 24,000 acres and about 5,000 homes.
Hundreds of firefighters on Tuesday continued to battle a fast-moving brush fire in Santa Barbara County.
The White Fire burns in the Los Padres National Forest.
The so-called White Fire has scorched 1,200 acres and was 10 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The blaze broke out around 2:45 p.m. Monday near the White Rock camping area in Red Rock Canyon in the Los Padres National Forest, about 12 miles north of Santa Barbara.
The massive Powerhouse Fire in the Angeles National Forest grew to 25,000 on Sunday evening, as the blaze remained only 20 percent contained.
Fueled by hot, dry conditions, the four-day-old fire destroyed six homes and damaged 15 more.
Around 2,100 firefighters from throughout California have been brought in to help battle the flames.
Authorities had estimated they would completely contain the fire by Wednesday, but pushed that date until June 10 because of the fire’s increased size.
A fast-moving brush fire continued to burn out of control near Banning, California, forcing at least 1,500 people from their homes. The so-called Silver Fire had scorched 10,000 acres and was 0 percent contained as of Aug. 8.
With a mandatory level-three evacuation order in place for her neighborhood, Linda Anderson is grabbing the things dearest to her and getting out of harm’s way.
She has experience with wildfires and evacuations she would rather not have.
“I’m scared. This is not the first fire we’ve been through, we went through three evacuations last year with the fires,” Anderson said.
With most of the fires that scorched tens of thousands of acres in San Diego County either fully or mostly contained as of Sunday, many evacuation orders that were in effect in the area have been lifted, allowing thousands of residents to return to their homes.
The so-called Springs Fire in Ventura County has burned at least 10,000 acres and is just 10 percent contained, fire officials said Friday.
It has damaged 15 homes, five commercial properties and 15 outbuildings, according to Cal Fire.
Some 4,000 residences were threatened, the agency said, and hundreds of people have had to evacuate ahead of the fast-moving flames.