In a matter of hours it grew to 7.5 square miles.
He said the fire behavior was so erratic, there were tornadoes within the fire "tossing around equipment, blowing windows out of Cal Fire pickup trucks".
All campsites, hotels and visitor areas will remain closed at least until Sunday, officials said, cutting short summer holidays for...
A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of starting a fire that burned five homes and prompted evacuation orders for an entire Southern California mountain town.
Several firefighters and civilians have also been injured, fire officials said.
A residence burns as the Carr Fire tears through Shasta, California.
Governor Jerry Brown declares a State of Emergency in response to the Carr Fire.
Firefighters from the USFS San Bernardino National Forest, Riverside County Fire Department of Cal Fire, and several local public safety agencies responded to a series of wildland fires on Wednesday.
Authorities ordered evacuations for a number of communities in the area, including Idyllwild, the Apple Canyon area, Mountain Center Community, the lake Helmet area and the Hurkey Creek area.
In the Sierra Nevada, famed Yosemite National Park closed Wednesday as smoke from a fire to the west cast a pall on the region.
The heart of Yosemite National Park remained empty the day after campers and hotel guests were evicted so firefighters could try to keep the state's largest fire from entering the park almost two weeks after it was sparked. The closure was heartbreaking for travelers, many of whom mapped out their trips months in advance to hike and climb amid the spectacular views of cascading waterfalls and sheer rock faces.
"You go there and expect the fresh air and it was the total opposite of that", she said Thursday.
The previous day, at least five residences were destroyed.
The fire in the San Bernardino National Forest sent up a cloud 50,000 feet high that was so enormous it created its own weather in the form of lightning, the National Weather Service reported. Crews had contained just 10 percent of it, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
A state parks official says employees worked through the night to save historic artifacts from a Northern California Gold Rush-era museum threatened by wildfire. All homes accessed from roads north of Hialeah were under mandatory evacuation, while homes south of Hialeah through just south of Highway 371, including those accessed from Hialeah, were under an evacuation warning, officials said.