Extreme Drought Conditions in Texas and California Have Firefighters on High Alert

In a choking heat wave with high winds and low humidity, 16 million Americans are under a red flag warning.
1:41 | 05/13/14

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Now we head out west to California nearly sixteen million Americans -- red flag warning about the drought low humidity the wind and Alec choking heat -- People told to clear the street so fire trucks can move then and in sweltering Texas a sign that says -- all pray for rain. Here's ABC -- Avaya. This brushfire burning on a steep hillside near San Diego tonight dangerously close to homes. Firefighters battle it on the ground as homeowners used garden hoses to keep it at bay. With extremely dry conditions triple digit temperatures and heavy winds California is bracing for danger. -- -- like around 9597 degrees today. So is going to be hot. San Francisco Los Angeles and Long Beach all in the midst of a heat wave that could shatter records. It's the -- -- a firefighters' worst enemy and that wind is not cooperating this -- telling me these numbers out here quickly climbed eight. Reaching up to fifty miles an hour in some places. Red flag warning in effect for more than fifteen million people the potential for fire so high firefighters in Southern California are closing some roads to traffic to make -- for trucks. And it's not just California hundreds of people -- -- Texas are still evacuated after a wildfire there burned more than ninety homes. He's cal fire crews called in from hundreds of miles away ready to jump into action at a moment's notice what they need most here and around the west right now Diane is rate. And we will be hoping to that -- to thank you Cecilia.

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