10,000-Acre San Bernardino Forrest Fire Forces Evacuation

Two hundred students attending summer camps rushed to safety amid fear the massive fire would grow.
1:52 | 06/19/15

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Transcript for 10,000-Acre San Bernardino Forrest Fire Forces Evacuation
major wildfire burning in California right now. The fire burning in the San Bernardino national forest. It's now scorched more than 10,000 acres. Winds and the high heat fueling the fire and ABC's kayna Whitworth is on the ground in big bear. Kayna, good morning. Reporter: David, good morning to you. So this is the first major wildfire of the season here in California. Some of these firefighters are working in 24-hour shifts and still the fire is just 5% contained. Overnight, flames as high as 40 feet scorching the Earth and bringing down trees in the San Bernardino national forest. With dozens of summer camps in the area nearly 200 students rushed to safety in fear the massive fire could grow. Dry, windy conditions fueling the fire burning more than 10,000 acres. 500 firefighters, 5 air tankers, 7 choppers battling the blaze throughout the night. People living in nearby big bear doing anything they can to help. We just wanted to give a little bit, donate what we could to help them, you know, stay hydrated. Reporter: Over 600 people evacuated so far. Firefighters tell me this side of the mountain has never seen a major wildfire and because of that there's all of this undergrowth that the drought has made even worse and this is what the fire is burning, all the way down to the road. In red and the fire is moving in that direction. Reporter: Roads working as a fire line and wins pushing the fire east, luckily away from homes. So this is just one of several wildfires that broke out across southern California on Wednesday and with drought conditions like this, it's not likely to end any time soon. On top of that, it's estimated that California alone has lost some 12.5 million trees since this drought began. Robin. My goodness. Kayna, thank you. Now to a frightening scene

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