Nearly 600 Homes Destroyed in California Wildfires, More at Risk

Thousands of residents forced to evacuate their homes as firefighters continue to battle the raging flames.
2:56 | 09/15/15

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I above thisessage ani hope Y'll of you can feel how much more damp it is but the fight is not over. This morning the valley fire still burning in northern California. Only 10% contained. The scale of its destruction across more than 62,000 acres, now revealed. The first fatality announced overnight, KGO reporting 72-year-old Barbara Mcwilliams was unable to escape the fire tearing through middletown. Fire crews helpless to stop its progress. Exhausted from relentlessly chasing the flames since Saturday getting rest wherever they can on the side of the road, even in driveways, their work Monday grueling. Firefighters here are so overwhelmed they're not even trying to stop blazes like this. All they're concerned about parked just a few feet away is protecting homes and people. But the fire seemingly playing hopscotch incinerating one house, entirely sparing its neighbors. Look at these before and after images. 23,000 forced from their homes, some clamoring to get back Monday to feed their animals. As 1800 firefighters continue to fight these flames, hundreds left camping out at a red cross shelter. I can't sleep. I'm thinking about my home, my everything. Reporter: It could be a long time before those people get to come back here. California officials are calling this one of the most destructive wildfires in state history and you can't underestimate how much of the infrastructure has been destroyed here in middletown. Officials telling us it could be a week before people get water back and many weeks about of this he restore power. Okay, Matt, thanks very much. To gingeror more on this. The break helps the firefighters but also is behind the flooding. Exactly. That's why we put this on here, hildale, that same community you saw the stunning images of the flash flooding from, the radar here, the showers and storms, 12 to 18 hours of them, it's only an inch to 2 1/2 inches that fell but you add the mountains and you get flash flooding quickly. That could happen in a lot of places today, remnants of Linda out in the pacific, a little late monsoon flow all trapped under the stationary front, extra lift and more of that from Wyoming and Colorado back out to the west. Here's the good news. Another system, a cold front coming in look at the valley fire getting rain Wednesday night. Actual rain, the butte fire, yes, you're close, you get a little moisture, at least. Thank you. Now to those security concerns just one week before

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