West Coast Ablaze With Wildfires

High winds and bone-dry earth helping fire travel at a speed of 15 mph.
1:51 | 07/17/13

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Thank you, ginger. The heat is compounded by the drought. We got startling news about the fire that killed the hot shot fires. That fire moved faster thanny fire ever clocked in that state, 15 miles per hour. Most fires travel two miles per hour. Investigators say the high winds were racing across the bone dry earth. Tonight jindsy janice tells us about another fire in southern california. Reporter: Firefighters across california have been battling fires like never before. This fire season is shaping up to be quite possibly one of the deadliest officials have ever seen. We're experiencing extreme fire conditions. The behavior we're seeing right now is what we would be typically seeing in august or september. Reporter: Today in mountains in california firefighters are battling flames that broke out two days ago. 30 years and built my with my own hands, uninsured, paid for. Everything in the world I own is gone. Reporter: These days fire season is a full two months longer than it was 30 years ago. In california alone there have already been 1,000 more fires this year than last year at this The drought along with high temperatures have increase the fire danger across the midwest. Residents are finally returning to their homes after the fire that swept 17,000 acres a month ago. In arizona last month a terrifying inferno where 19 firefighters lost their lives. The fire here is just ten percent contained. While it no longer threatens homes, evacuations are still in place. Linzie janis, abc news, mountain center, california.

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