Firefighters battle to contain wildfires sweeping through California

Firefighters battle flames at the Alpine Oaks Estates mobile home park during a wildfire Friday in the Alps, California.

(Eduardo Contreras/San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

Firefighters in California struggled Saturday to contain forest fires that burned hundreds of homes and forced evacuations in the midst of a record-setting heat wave.

The last destructive fire burned at least 20 homes and threatened hundreds more in the hills above Goleta, Santa Barbara County.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for about 3,000 people after the fire a spot in residential areas.

Photos released Friday, the Klamathon Fire burns in Hornbrook, California.

(California Highway Patrol via AP)

The fire, fanned by the strong wind, started a fire in the house.

Several other fires burning in Southern California.

In the hills not far from San Diego, hundreds of residents fled into the West Willow community in the vicinity of Alpine, The Los Angeles Times reported. Some of those who fled said they didn’t know whether their homes were still standing

East of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino National Forest, authorities ordered the evacuation of the community of Forest Falls, which are approximately 700 dwellings, as well as a fast-moving wildfire swelled to 1000 acres.

In San Diego County, several fires broke out, including one that burned at least five houses and maybe many more in the Alps, in the hills not far from San Diego. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the county.

In a Red Cross shelter, Ben Stanfill told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he and other family members helped in the evacuation of the home of his mother, even though it was not in a mandatory evacuation area.

“We packed up everything you can’t replace or re-buy,” Stanfill said. “My grandmother’s photos, the cat of my sister’s Mickey Mouse with a teddy bear she had when she was little.”

The fire was just 5 percent contained Friday night, but the crew had virtually stopped growth and were focused on knocking down hotspots remain endangered houses and mobile homes, state fire officials said.

Another fire on the marine base Camp Pendleton prompted the evacuation of 750 homes.

Firefighters battle flames at the Alpine Oaks Estates mobile home park during a wildfire Friday in the Alps, California.

(Eduardo Contreras/San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

The fires were as the temperature at a number of places in California hit triple-digits.

The centre of Los Angeles, a record for July 6, when temperatures reached 95 degrees in the morning and then climbed to 106 degrees shortly before 3 a.m., Reuters reported.

The authorities said that crews fighting a fast-moving Northern California wildfire on Friday discovered the charred remains of a person who is apparently trapped in the flames, Reuters reported.

“We have not even an address because of the devastation in the area,” Siskiyou County sheriff’s Lt. Jeremiah LaRue told the San Francisco Chronicle.

He said government together, are not expected to be more bodies.

“We are actually quite hopeful everyone got out,” LaRue said. “We have been talking to people who evacuated, and no one is missing now, so that is good.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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