West Coast Wildfires Leave Homes Open to Potential Looters

As some residents return to their evacuated homes, they find thieves have run off with their personal valuables.
2:03 | 08/04/15

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nearly two dozen large fires and a thousand forced to flee respect just worried about losing their home but looters. ABC's Clayton Sandell on the front lines of the biggest fire in lake county, California. Good morning, Clayton. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. You can see the fire here is still going strong. Still growing, though firefighters are getting some help from the cooler weather. But on at least one big fire here in California, people evacuated from their homes have a new worry. Overnight, the rocky fire, still throwing punches, flames advancing as winds push hot embers into the air igniting new spot fires. This home, one of thousands threatened. More firefighters are arriving nearly 3200 now trying to keep the flames from racing toward more houses. You can see here the firefighters are using road flares to start what's called a backfire. The point is to use up all of this unburned fuel before the main fire can use it to cross this road. This morning more than 13,000 people are still evacuated. This is the first time that I'm really feeling afraid that I could lose my house. Reporter: With conditions like this, people aren't going home any time soon. No, it'll be a few days. Reporter: But even once they're able to go home a new concern. Evacuees from the willow fire further south returning home to find while they were forced out looters moved in. They actually took suitcases and filled them with our things and then left. We did everything that we were supposed to do to leave this fire and then we come home to this. Reporter: Rocky is the largest of 21 major California fires. Hundreds of smaller fires triggered by lightning and one accused arsonist. Overnight officials announcing the arrest of a 34-year-old woman they say set 14 fires in just the last week and a half. And so far this fire has burned nearly 100 square miles. Firefighters say they have about 12% of it contained. They're hoping that number goes up again today.

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