Transcript for Wildfires Near Sacramento Burn Nearly 90 Square Miles
From those severe storms to the wildfires in the west fueled by dry windy conditions nearly two dozen large fires burning in California alone right now destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands to flee. ABC's Clayton Sandell is on the front lines in lake county, California, with the very latest. Good morning, Clayton. Reporter: And good morning, Amy. You can see the flames here have been creeping along overnight. Even more people now have been told they need to evacuate. This fire has already destroyed 24 homes and this morning, the flames are threatening thousands more. This morning, the rocky fire near Sacramento burning out of control and spreading fast. Since Friday, tripling in size. The blaze charring more than 90 square miles of steep rocky terrain, almost double the area of San Francisco. Nearly 3,000 firefighters working 24-hour shifts trying to stop it but so far the fire only 5% contained. Yesterday we burned off 20,000 acres in five hours. Reporter: Now the military is lending more planes to the air attack joining two dozen helicopters and air tankers like the giant dc-10. Right there is a dc-10. He's coming in. He's going to drop fire retardant. This plane can carry 12,000 gallons of fire retardant at once. There it goes. More than 12,000 people till cannot go home. This man has been evacuated since Wednesday. Thank you to all of the fireplace -- the fire people that are out there. Reporter: The rocky fire is just 1 of 21 major fires in California. Many areas haven't burned in decades. Trees and shrubs are parched by four years of extreme drought helping supercharge the flames. Plus, lightning. Thousands of strikes sparking hundreds of smaller fires. And this morning in California there are nearly 10,000 firefighters on the front lines. But what they're really hoping for is a change in the weather for those winds to die down and maybe some cooler temperatures.
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