Large wildfires force evacuations in California; 5000 firefighters deployed

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Based on evacuation orders and warnings, a number of people stayed Saturday night at the shelters established by the American Red Cross for both the Alamo fire and Whittier fire, according to county officials.

No major injuries have been reported in California's Alamo fire, according to Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Gina DePinto.

Saturday's goals for firefighters are to continue air tanker and helicopter water drops and provide structure protection for all the properties that have been evacuated.

Sergio Arredondo Jr., a ranch manager at the San Lucas Ranch along Highway 154, said fire has come close to the ranch several times. There are still 5,400 structures threatened by the flames.

A crew of 21 firefighters from New Brunswick is headed across the country to help battle forest fires in British Columbia.

That blaze, now the state's largest active fire located approximately midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, was 15 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Near Santa Barbara, the Whittier Fire has devoured almost 8,000 acres and burned a school to the ground.

And in Nevada, fire officials have ordered evacuations for a wildfire that is near the same area where another blaze has already burned for days.

Another fire to the north of the city of Sacramento has ravaged 5 600 hectares and was not mastered. Military assistance has been brought in to help the 1,000 fire personnel now fighting the fires, which are mostly in rural areas. The fire is estimated to have burned 500 acres with zero percent containment.

There were 40 uncontained large USA wildfires on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

In northwestern Colorado, a wildfire burning near Dinosaur National Monument is 40 percent contained. Officials said that the flames were "completely out of control" as temperatures reached almost 38C and fires were fanned by strong winds.

3-D map of the Whittier Fire showing the perimeter acquired from an aircraft at 10:30 p.m. PDT July 9, 2017.Looking north from Santa Ynez Peak at 5:53 a.m. PDT July 10, 2017.

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