Dozens of Wildfires Scorch California
Fire crews around California fight 12 major fires across the state, including the King Fire which has burned over 30,000 acres.
Firefighters use drip torches to set a controlled burn to create a safe zone around homes close to the King Fire which burns near the town of Pollock Pines,California, on Sept. 17, to help contain the blaze. Fire crews around California are fighting 12 major fires across the state, including the King Fire which has burned 27,930 acres (11,084 hectares), only five percent are contained, and which is located east of Sacramento.
Flames from the King Fire burn on trees near Fresh Pond, Calif., on Sept. 17. A California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said.
This image fom NASA's Aqua satellite shows the King Fire on Sept. 17. The out-of-control wildfire in Northern California threatened more than 2,000 homes and consumed huge swaths of timber land east of Sacramento while another town near the Oregon border took account of the damage done by a wildfire that burned 200 homes earlier in the week. In the fire east of Sacramento, 2,500 firefighters were taking on the blaze that was threatening 2,003 homes and another 1,505 smaller structures, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
A firefighter battling the King Fire sprays water on a backfire in Fresh Pond.
Firefighters battle the King Fire in Fresh Pond.
A helicopter draws water from a lake while battling the King Fire in Pollock Pines, Calif.
Angela Warden displays a "thank you" sign for firefighters battling the King Fire in Pollock Pines.
Inmate firefighters return to their truck after battling the King Fire near Fresh Pond.
A DC-10 tanker drops fire retardant on the King Fire near Fresh Pond.
A car and house are covered with fire retardant after a wildfire swept through Weed, Calif., on Sept. 17.
A fence burns along the entrance to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in Willows, Calif., on Sept. 17.
A vehicle burned by the Boles wildfire that swept through Weed. The fire, which is 25% contained, burned down 150 structures, most of them homes.