Crews Battle Raging California Wildfires
New fires that flared Monday threaten California as authorities struggle to contain them.
Smoke from two fires burning in the Angeles National Forest rises with the downtown skyline in the foreground in Los Angeles on June 20, 2016. Two wildfires in parts of Azusa and Duarte sparked on Monday in the San Gabriel area.
Residents evacuate their home as a wildfire burns along a hillside in Duarte, Calif., on June 20. Police in the city of Azusa and parts of Duarte ordered hundreds of homes evacuated. Others were under voluntary evacuations.
A Los Angeles County fire helicopter makes a night drop while battling the so-called Fish Fire above Azusa, Calif. on June 20. The San Gabriel complex fires were burning less than 2 miles apart. One fire was sparked by a deadly car accident, according to the California Highway Patrol. The cause of the other wasn't yet known.
A converted DC-10 Air Tanker drops fire retardant along a ridge to protect communities that border the wilderness at the San Gabriel Complex Fire on June 22. The fire now covers at least 5,400 acres and the record-setting heatwave conditions, have made conditions worst to San Gabriel Complex Fire.
Utility workers begin work repairing power and data lines after a wildfire near Potrero, Calif., on June 21.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer Constantino Zarate tries to herd an Emu off the highway as a wildfire continues to burn north of the U.S. Mexico border near Potrero, on June 21. The California wildfire near the Mexican border exploded in growth, swelling from nearly 3 square miles Monday morning to more than 11 square miles by Tuesday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
A firefighter watches as a helicopter making a drop on a wildfire in Azusa, Calif., on June 20.
A firefighter takes a break on a burned hillside as crews begin to clear brush following the Border Fire near Potrero, on June 21. The fire burning across 6,020 acres is 10% contained as of Wednesday.
Firefighters work to contain the Border Fire in eastern San Diego on June 21.
A firefighter pauses for a drink as he works to contain the Border Fire on June 21.