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5000 firefighters battling 14 large wildfires in California

12 July 2017

"Evacuation orders and warnings are still in effect", the Cal Fire website said Sunday evening. Evacuation orders were also in place in towns in Colorado and Montana.

Fire management officials say monsoon rains "hit the bullseye" Sunday, dropping more than 1 inch of rain in one area of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It has burned about 300 acres.

The Whittier Fire forced the evacuation of about 3,500 residents and campers near Lake Cachuma Saturday afternoon. CAL FIRE spokesperson Chris Elms said the warm weather and low humidity mixed with the steep terrain, are slowing down ground crews. Mike Eliason, public information specialist for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, took the photo of the Alamo fire on a hilltop off Highway 166 east of Santa Maria, California. Cal Fire said 5,400 structures were threatened.

The fire was burning on both sides of Highway 154 earlier Saturday, said Zaniboni, who described the blaze at that time as "completely out of control".

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The Whittier Fire is now at 7,800 acres and is 5 percent contained.

Near Santa Barbara, the Whittier Fire has devoured almost 8,000 acres and burned a school to the ground.

Time-lapse video shows the fire moving up a mountain peak until it almost reached a camera recording it.

Almost 700 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire, which is 51 percent contained.

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Forty-five fires are burning across the Western part of the US, according to the US Forest Service.

In Northern California, a wildfire swept through grassy foothills and destroyed 10 structures, including homes.

[6:40 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is 0 percent contained and has burned at least 150 acres of heavy vegetation.

In Canada firefighters were contending with more than 200 fires burning in British Columbia that had destroyed dozens of buildings, including several homes and two airport hangars.

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At least 400 firefighters were assigned to the fire, whose cause officially remains under investigation, although authorities said they believe it began with a vehicle fire.

5000 firefighters battling 14 large wildfires in California