6,000 Evacuated From California Wildfire's Path

Firefighters in California say the fire season is shaping up to be one of the deadliest in history.
3:00 | 07/18/13

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Let's get to the raging wildfire, also in california, growing so fast. Abc's linzie janis is on the front lines in idyllwild, california, this morning, with the latest on that. Good morning, linzie. Reporter: This town is in the path of a fire that multiplied, to about 20,000 acres this morning. Flames race across california's mountains, expanding rapidly and threatening more than 4,000 homes. Overnight, thousands of residents grabbed what they could and ran for safety. We've had fires. But nothing like this. Not at all. This is really scary for everybody. I never thought this day would ever come. That we would never have to prove it. And it's kind of scary right now. You know? Reporter: So far, a total of 6,000 people have been evacuated. Some have lost everything. Lived here for 30 years. And built my home with my own hands. Uninsured. Paid for. Everything in the world I own is gone. Reporter: Firefighters across california say this fire season is shaping up to be one of the deadliest in their history. The favor behavior we're seeing right now is what we would typically be seeing in august and september. Reporter: Drought, sizzling temperatures and high winds are creating extreme conditions across the entire west. Those same conditions led to the inferno 2 1/2 weeks ago in arizona, which killed 19 hot shots. Investigators now say that fire was moving at a record speed of 15 miles per hour, 13 miles per hour faster than average. Firefighters here say this fire is 15% contained. You can see some of the fire trucks behind me. The terrain is so rough, they're having trouble getting close to the flames. And so, they're being fought mostly from above.

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