From the downpower to the fires out west. Homes threatened. Abc's cecilia vega on the fire lines for us. Reporter: This came right to your gate and burned it down. Reporter: The flames came right up... See More
From the downpower to the fires out west. Homes threatened. Abc's cecilia vega on the fire lines for us. Reporter: This came right to your gate and burned it down. Reporter: The flames came right up to steve chittenden's fence, torching even the gate, all he could do was fight back with a garden hose. This thing roared up in seconds. Reporter: In just seconds, the raging inferno ripped through his nine acres, somehow it spared his home of more than 40 years. But many neighbors were not as lucky. In a matter of hours the fire burned more than 15.5 square miles of land 90 miles east of los angeles. Drought conditions and hot temperatures have made for a dangerous fire season in the western u.S. The flames spread so quickly here, residents say they had just minutes to evacuate. The fire even blocked an evacuation road, trapping rescuers for a time. Everyone made it out. We're watching stuff just explode right in front of our faces. Reporter: Five people injured so far. Four of them firefighters. And even with more than 1,000 people battling the blaze on the ground and in the air, it is still just ten percent contained. For one family, this is all that's left, this porch. The plume behind me, that's the hot spot. Really what has been the biggest challenge out here, the wind. One fire fighter lent me his wind detector a couple of minutes ago. It's hitting up to 19 miles per hour right now. Not making fighting this fire any easier.
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