California, Idaho Residents Flee Wildfires

Officials order evacuations as firefighters attempt to stop advancing flames.
3:00 | 08/20/12

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Thousands of people fleeing thei homes this morning. Wildfires roaring out of control in the west. The biggest threats right now in northern california and id id. Take a look at this map. This is now the worst fire season in a decade. Neal karlinsky son the front lines in idaho this morning. Good morning to you, neal. Reporter: Josh, good morning. We're on the side of a mountain road with firefighters have let up this command center. Nearby, the town is choked with smoke and bracing for the worst. In northern california, the newest fires grew up so hard and fast, zachary's arm caught fire while he was riding an atv to try to evacuate his cousins. Thousands of people have been told leave their houses as firefighters attempt an air assault, trying to protect some 3500 homes in mostly rural areas north of sacramento. Flames have scorched 19 square miles. At the same time, in idaho, in the town of featherville, residents are being forced out. That is our home. Our only home, yeah, we're scared. Reporter: We went behind the fire lines. It's now mostly a smoky ghost town, es september forrer the firefighters here to save it and the few residents who refuse to leave. The fire here is huge at 88,000 acres. It seems stuck at just 5% contained. It didn't move much yesterday, but with weather conditions looking hot today, they're worried.

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