Wildfires Encroaching on Yosemite

Evacuations underway as the wildfires are just 16 miles from the national treasure.
1:40 | 08/19/14

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And in California, a wildfire is tearing across parched Earth, just 60 miles from a national treasure, yosemite national park. Tonight, families and tourists are on the move, evacuations under way. Firefighters are on the front line and ABC's Nall Karlinsky is there with them. Reporter: Overnight, the flames ripped through here so hot and so fast, a thousand people were ordered to get out with almost no warning. My wife happened to just look out on the front of the house and there's the clouds towering above us. Reporter: Hotels evacuated and tourists were left out on the streets with their luggage, in many cases walking to safety. We found this family sleeping in a nearby hotel lobby. We don't really have a plan. There's no plan for this. Reporter: Firefighters actually retreated for a short time overnight, as this propane tank storage company caught fire, raising fears of a massive blast. A building was lost but the tanks are now stable. We're actually getting evacuated right now, Ben. Reporter: The guillaccis, still inside the evacuation zone, are now packing up, worried they might not have anything to return to. Main thing is getting out of here safe, but hate to leave everything behind. Reporter: This is everything, this store. Uh-huh. Reporter: Local officials say they've been lucky so far, but they're not taking any chances either. Hopefully they'll be able to stop it on the ridge, but if they can't, all this is going to go. Reporter: They did lose eight structures to this fire, including this house here, and just take a look at how hot it was. We were amazed to find this. Aluminum from this car's wheels melted almost like a spilled drink. So far today, though, they believe they have a handle on this one, Diane.

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