First-Hand Look at the California Wildfires

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean discusses the impact of the dangerous fires.
3:44 | 09/14/15

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Thank wilams Li is back . The emotional apology more than 30 years in the making. And good morning, America. Boy, those wildfires in California, so frightening. Look at the images right here. 50,000 acres scorched by one of those fires. Just exploded in size over the Ek end. 1,000 homes and structures, gone. Thousands of people trying to escape. Look at the incredible images. One man escaping the flame, broadcasting it live to many on the internet. California's head of emergency services says these are the worst fires he's in 30 years. Tt ma Gutman on the front Li as the fire turned an entire town into hell on Earth, overwhelmed firefighters did what they could. Every engine has got multiple structures to try to protect and you just can't save everything. Reporter: Former firefighter Todd sudmeyer puts this on per scope. They're putting water on this particular house because it's on a corner. They don't want to lose the corner. The trees, the cars that were burning, there's a lot going on. It's chaotic. Reporter: With the smoky haze grounding all aircraft, winning this fire fight sup to the boots on the ground. This is the dangerous stuff, because it's so fast. Reporter: Four firefighters burned over the weekend are now recovering. One giving a thumbs up from the hospital. Now, a lot of the firefighters working this blaze actually live in these communities. We've talked to at least two of them who watched their own homes burn to the ground. George? Such a devastating situation, okay, Clayton, thank you very much. Let's get more from battalion chief Scott Mclean. Thank you so much for joining us. We know how difficult this spp what's your biggest channel right now? Biggest challenge, as you can imagine is the weather. When the fire started, there were 20-mile-per-hour winds behind it pushing it. What are your firefighters facing on the front line right now? The fire went in so many different directions. So many areas to take care of access is poor in most places. It takes time to get in these things. Yesterday, for example, we had an inversion layer holding the the smoke to almost ground level. So the aircraft couldn't get engaged. The ground forces, doerzs, happened crews, engine crews, made significant process. Some of your firefighters losing their own homes. How are they holding up? They're all tired, as you can imagine. Especially, yes, losing some of their own homes. They understand that. The biggest challenge is the wind. What is your major job right now? Major job is to get containment on this. Provide safety and well being for the citizens. And we have heard, we though there's at least one fatality so far. As you go through the areas that have been hit so hard, any sense of if that death toll will climb? Not really. We still have a lot of work to do. Because that fire basically exploded. It went in several directions. We need to get a handle on, Matt. Thousands of firefighters are battling the fires. Vacations have been canceled. Clayton Sandell is on the in kelseyville. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Nearly 1500 firefighters on the front lines this morning. They're working around the clock. They've had all days off, all time off canceled.

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