Transcript for Rapidly Growing Wildfires Force Residents to Evacuate
Good afternoon I'm David viewers ABC news headquarters in New York with a special report on the wildfires now raging through drought stricken California. What -- the fires threatening tourists near the beautiful Yosemite National Park and to the north of the Sam fire burning about fifteen miles east of Sacramento. That cloud of smoke could be seen for miles away the flames threatening nearly 500 homes today. So many neighbors told to gather their most important belongings and to get out. Sheriff came to the -- -- you have to evacuate now authorities saying it's a real what they're gusting up to 81 miles an hour is just. Getting environment around their money ABC's brandy -- is nearing the -- fire and joins us now with late details -- what can you tell us. The -- fire has. Exploded inside -- just got 48 hours to 3800 acres it already destroyed ten homes and 12100 people are under mandatory evacuation to -- out not sure. At their -- will be states. The big concern today is the wind and heat beat flames -- been -- true very dry region you're talking about an area in the middle -- -- -- -- At triple digit temperatures back. And you have a recipe for disaster out here the good news is -- fire they are making some progress today the defense fire now 35% contained David. And ready to the south of where you are firefighters -- -- battling another huge fire near -- seventy national park. What -- do we know about that at this hour. -- -- has quadrupled in size overnight gave it up 2100 acres roughly fifty home. -- been evacuated there but -- not -- right Albania -- that burned we see big clouds of smoke for miles coming out of the woods tore at the intriguing outside it's well. At a fire it burning near the popular tourist area if somebody -- were all familiar with but some nearby campsites have been closed just as a precaution David. All right ABC spreading -- importing -- from northern California thank you ABC news is monitoring these developments around the clock to get updates on these stories. Star them on the ABC news phone apps and I'll have a complete wrap up later on world news and on Good Morning America. I'm David -- in New York until we -- little later here. -- --
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