000 firefighters are battling forest fires in California

About 4,000 people evacuated and another 7,400 were told to prepare to leave their homes as fire swept through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles north of Sacramento, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday.

A number of mandatory evacuation orders were lifted later that afternoon.

Early Sunday, a Santa Barbara County animal control officer made a special animal evacuation for homeowners who were out of town, safely rescuing two schnauzers that were later reunited with their owners, Klein-Rothschild said. Acreage remains the same-23,867 acres burned. A summer camp had to be evacuated because of fire as well.

"They did allow us to use a couple stalls", she said.

The fire, which sent a huge plume of smoke into a sky already marked by smoke from the 19,000-acre Alamo fire burning in northern Santa Barbara County, started about 2 p.m. Saturday. "We get fires and we get flooding".

Thousands of firefighters are working to extinguish 14 different fires across California. Santa Barbara County Fire Public Information Officer Mike Eliason tweeted a photo of a black bear that fled the flames of the Alamo Fire.

In northwestern Colorado, a wildfire burning near Dinosaur National Monument is 40 percent contained.

Fire containment efforts were particularly aimed Sunday at guarding mountain peaks holding vital infrastructure, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, such as a high-voltage line that powers neighboring cities. 1,664 fire personnel are fighting the blaze, which ignited Thursday. It is 90 percent contained. Twenty structures have been lost in the fire and 150 structures remain threatened, according to officials.

In Canada firefighters were contending with more than 200 fires burning in British Columbia that had destroyed dozens of buildings, including several homes and two airport hangars.

Fire crews from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are now battling a brush fire that broke out just after 3:30 p.m. on Highway 166 near the Twitchell Reservoir in SLO County.

  • Wendy Palmer