SANTA ANA (AP) — Two out-of-control wildfires in California are forcing hundreds of residents to flee from their homes.
A state fire spokesman says a blaze that started near the resort town of Bass Lake in Central California on Sunday has prompted the mandatory evacuation of 500 homes.
The blaze has burned about 320 acres and is moving toward the Sierra National Forest.
In Northern California, a 2,000-acre wildfire near the town of Pollock Pines has forced the evacuation of 130 homes. El Dorado County Sheriff’s officials say residents of another 400 homes are being told to prepare to flee.
CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the blaze started in a remote area Saturday, but exploded on Sunday when it reached a canyon full of thick, dry brush.