Transcript for Residents desperately trying to save homes from fires in Utah and Colorado
Mandatory evacuations back home, after major fires. The threat is from California all the way to Colorado. The number of homes under mandatory evacuation rising to over 3,000 tonight. Here's Clayton Sandell. Reporter: Firefight tonight in the west. Residents versus towering flames. Armed with garden hoses, in moab, Utah. Desperately trying to save homes. The fire, claiming eight. West of Denver, the Buffalo fire has more than 1,300 homes evacuated. Residents were allowed in to quickly grab the important things today, then get out. It was a little scary for sure, thinking your house is up there hidden in the smoke. Reporter: The flames boosted by dead trees, ravaged by bark beetles. Near durango, a raging wildfire consuming more than 25,000 acres. Facing extremely difficult conditions, and extremely steep and complex terrain. Reporter: Supercharged by the worst bone-dry drought stretching across the four corners. This is one of the driest years we've had really on record. Reporter: In Nevada, campers burning waste are possibly to blame for a 500-acre scorcher near lake tahoe. And in California, more than 400 firefighters racing to extinguish a blaze above Beverly hills. All of a sudden, the helicopter's right above and I'm thinking, this is not good. Reporter: Here in Colorado, firefighters are still on high alert. But there is no word yet on when these roadblocks will come down so people can go home.
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