Extreme Heat, Lightning Spark California Wildfires

About 82,000 acres have been destroyed throughout the western United States.
3:00 | 08/15/12

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We're going to begin with the uphill battle against all of the dangerous wildfires engulfing dozens of homes out west. More than 60 fires burning across 10 states this morning, as firefighters struggle against high winds and scorching heat. Ginger will have more on that in just moments. But abc's neal karlinsky joins us from the fire zone in washington. Neal, good morning to you. Reporter: Behind this roadblock, here is one of the hot spots they've been dealing with overnight. They haven't had a drop of rain out here in three weeks. Add to that, extreme heat and gusting winds in the afternoon, and that is a recipe for extreme fire danger. Not just here, but throughout the west. Overnight, it was southern california's turn. A huge dc-10 could be seen churning out fire retardant, over fires over san diego. Once again, extreme heat and lightning were to blam and temperatures topping out in THE 90s. Across the west, it's been a brutal 48 hours. Flames fuelled by up to 50-mile-per-hour winds have now destroyed more than 82,000 acres across the west. Along the nevada/oregon state line, a huge untamed wildfire now covers 675-square miles. But the worst of it is near cle elum, washington. 500 homes are threatened and some 70 have burned. Some as homeowners have watched helplessly. I've been here for 25 years. We moved over from bellevue. Reporter: As many as 900 people have been evacuated. But still, others stayed behind, digging their own fire lines and hoping to save their homes. The fire commander out here has called this a, quote, dangerous situation. The good news is they have 10% containment on the fire. The bad news, the weather conditions are only getting hotter. Josh? Hard to see the human faces of that disaster. Thank you, neal.

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