Raging Inferno Caught on Tape, Western Wildfires Spread

Flames threaten thousands of homes as fire-line inches closer to three California towns.
3:00 | 08/21/12

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Now, to those wildfires threatening thousands of homes in the west right now. Blazing right on the edge of three california towns. The growing inferno caught on our cameras. And abc's cecilia vega is there in red bluff, california, right now. And has the latest. Good morning, cecilia. Reporter: Robin, good morning to you. More than 3,500 homes out here threatened. That's the most of any fire in california this year. It was started by a lightning strike. And all of the dry weather, it took off. Overnight, this massive firelighting up the sky, turning it orange and torching hills in northern california. 1,900 firefighters are on the ground, getting a grip on the blaze that's inching closer and closer to thousands of homes in california. This morning, a jet continues to drop retardant from above. The fires have destroyed at least seven homes and counting. That fire's, nothing like Reporter: Roads closed, property destroyed. And this moonscape, once a farm. This must have been the closet. Reporter: Some barely escaped the spreading flames. Around the country, there's so many fires burning, the scope of torched land now rivals the size of massachusetts. Steve allanson is hoping his california property isn't next. He's the last man standing, refusing evacuation orders to keep an eye on his home. What's it going to take for you to pack up and leave? See flames. Reporter: Just a little moment of levity in a very scary situation out here. Firefighters are struggling. As they head back out to the fire lines later today, residents are waking up in emergency shelters this morning, hoping for good news on their homes. We're hoping for that, too. Cecilia, thank you very much.

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