Wildfires Rage From Northern California to Oregon

Firefighters hope that heavy rains will help turn the tide in their fight against the blazes.
2:03 | 08/05/14

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To those wildfires raging out west. More than a dozen burring right now. The severe drought there fueling these fires which have destroyed dozens of homes and buildings and forced so many from their homes. ABC's Neal Kerlin ski is in burney, California, with more on this. Reporter: A new development here overnight, rain, quite a lot of rain, too early to know how much it might help the firefighters but Cheryl a turn in the right direction. Holy smokes. Reporter: This morning, one homeowner captures the air war from a roof as planes drop retardant to block the flames from spreading into houses. From central California to Oregon, lightning sparked fires chewing up thousands of acres and sending people scrambling. I've been doing this for 40 years. That's the most fire I've ever seen. Reporter: Volunteer fire chief randy garner and his men standing their ground against 20-foot flames as a restaurant and homes burned around them near castle, California. At least 8 hopes and 20 structures burned so far in the fire which now threatens the small town of burney. Do you think burney will be okay? It all depends on the weather and, you know, how much we did get done before we get bad weather changes. Reporter: Throughout the region, more than a dozen mainly rural fires and some residents just barely holding out. You were out there with a hose right next to the firefighters with their hose. It's your place, man. It's his castle, right? Reporter: In Washington state the Carlton complex fire wiped out hundreds of hopes including the woods that sheltered this 6-month-old bear cub. Neighbors spotted it unable to work and rescued her. Doctors say she's on her way to recovery. Nationally the number of wildfires is actually down for the year but here in California, it is way up thanks to that drought. Hopefully this rain right here will help if new lightning didn't spark any new fires. George. The big question, okay, thanks. We turn to those growing

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