Wildfire Burns in 3 Directions Near Yosemite

Unpredictable fire blazes near the national park as 10 other states battle flames.
1:44 | 08/22/13

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wildfires all across the west. Our reporter, abc's neal karlinsky, on the front line, just outside yosemite national park. Good morning to you, neal. Reporter: Josh, good morning. This fire has proven unpredictable. Right now, it's burning in three different directions. But fortunately, it is not getting closer to yosemite at this point. From the air, the curtain of smoke nearly blocks out the sun. Ready. Ready. Drop. Reporter: On the ground, it is an eerie tunnel of fire and smoke. A sense of how hot it is. Look at the burning stumps holding up the guardrails. Within minutes, an example of how quickly things can change along the fire line. It shot up and crossed the road right behind us. Whoa. A chunk of tree, more than enough to seriously hurt someone, falls near our car. Soon after that, another flare-up. And we're forced to back out. 16,000 acres are burning along mostly rural land in yosemite, forcing a nervous few to grab what they can and get out. It was frightening. It becomes so unpredictable. It looked like lava coming over the tops of the hills. Reporter: More than 50 large fires are burn right now in 10 states. But the most active is here, where firefighters warn conditions change with the wind. And fast. The wind blowing this way. It's going to pick up continually here, shortly. That's why we can't stay here more than a few minutes. It's going to be important to get out of here. Reporter: Firefighters have this one about 5% contained right now. They're confident they can keep it away from more homes, if the weather cooperates today.

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