More than 360 people and 16 dogs have been rescued!
New Your Times – More than 360 people and 16 dogs have been rescued in recent days from the Creek Fire, which has grown to about 152,000 acres and is still 0 percent contained.
After several rescue attempts were thwarted by thick smoke on Monday night, the weather cooperated enough for the National Guard to access some remote areas and complete rescue missions overnight, David Hall, a colonel in the California National Guard, said on the “Today” show on Tuesday morning.
Earlier on the holiday weekend, roughly 200 people were rescued from the Mammoth Pool Reservoir Area after being trapped by the Creek Fire, crowding into California National Guard helicopters as embers rained down. Two people were in serious condition from burns.
Even as the greatest concern was focused on the Creek Fire, some two dozen other fires were burning up and down the state, prompting warnings that more residents in some places could be forced to evacuate. The Bobcat Fire is raging in the Angeles National Forest, east of Los Angeles, raising fears that it could worsen with predictions of high winds on Tuesday evening and threaten communities in the foothills.
Also in Southern California, the El Dorado Fire burned over 10,000 acres in San Bernardino County. And closer to San Diego, the Valley Fire churned through more than 17,000 acres and forced some communities to evacuate.
The fires burning now are adding to an already brutal toll for California in 2020. As of Monday morning, Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency, reported that eight people have died and more than 3,300 structures have been destroyed.
“The smoke was so thick, you couldn’t see anything — but you could hear the blades of the helicopter,” said Mr. Crouch, who was among dozens of Labor Day vacationers trapped by a fast-moving wildfire in the forests south of Yosemite National Park on Saturday. “That thump-thump-thump of the helicopter out in the distance,” Mr. Crouch said.