Mass of residents forced to leave California wildfires

Two out-of-control wildfires in California forced hundreds of residents to leave from their homes on Sunday, including one near a lakeside resort town that has destroyed several structures, authorities said.

According to the report by media, the blaze, sparked shortly after 1:30 p.m. near Bass Lake in Central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents out of 400 homes .

The fire started off a road between Oakhurst, a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park, and made a run toward Bass Lake. Stoked by winds, it quickly charred at least 320 acres .

Further north, a wildfire about 60 miles east of Sacramento forced the evacuation of 133 homes.  El Dorado County Sheriff’s officials said residents of another 406 homes were being told to prepare to flee.

Meanwhile in Southern California, evacuation orders for 200 homes in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon were lifted late Sunday as firefighters contained 50 percent of a wildfire.

The residents were evacuated after the fire broke out Friday. The U.S. Forest Service downgraded the fire’s size from 2 1/2 square miles to 1 1/2 square miles due to better mapping of the blaze.

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