About 150 people were caught in a raging wildfire near Mammoth Pool Reservoir in Northern California, where officials warned they might have to jump into the water to survive.
The Madera County sheriff's office said in a statement Saturday evening that approximately 150 people were sheltered at the reservoir in Sierra National Forrest and 10 injuries were reported.
Evacuation routes have been blocked and people in the area have been told to seek refuge – even if it means getting into the water, officials said.
The fire radio traffic indicated that several people were burned and other broken bones in the Creek Fire and were rescued by helicopter at Mammoth Pool Reservoir.
The first National Guard to leave Chinook invited more than 50 people, up to 20 of whom had to be medically transported immediately.
In a statement, the Sierra National Forrest said 53 people have been rescued from the launch area of the Mammoth pool boat and are being examined for injuries.
The reservoir is approximately 90 miles east of Fresno. Earlier reports that up to 1,000 people were trapped were later revised.
A Chinook National Guard arrives Saturday to rescue captured campers in the Sierra National Forrest. The helicopter loaded more than 50 people, up to 20 of whom had to be medically transported immediately
There were reports of burns and broken bones after officials warned campers that they might have to jump in the water to survive while National Guard helicopters scrambled to rescue them
Labor Day weekend campers were trapped near Mammoth Pool Reservoir in Sierra National Park on Saturday after the Creek Fire exploded and blocked escape routes
People park their trucks as traffic on Saturday halts on Highway CA-168 and Lodge Road, the end of the four-lane road, while residents evacuate near Shaver Lake
Clouds of smoke soar as wildfire burns in the hills near Shaver Lake on Saturday. The fire jumped over a ridge and cut off the only evacuation route from the Mammoth Pool
This map shows the approximate extent of the Creek Fire in the National Forest on Saturday
The Creek Fire threatens a number of mountain resources including structures, communities, and power lines.
The fire had burned 36,000 acres and was 0 percent contained as of 7.30 p.m. on Saturday.
It is one of several forest fires that devastated the Sierra National Forrest when a brutal heatwave hit temperatures in triple digits in many parts of the state.
The devastating fire that burned near Shaver Lake exploded 56 square miles, jumping over a river and endangering the only road to Mammoth Pool Campground, national forest spokesman Dan Tune said.
At least 2,000 buildings were threatened in the area about 290 miles north of Los Angeles, where temperatures reached 117 degrees in the city's San Fernando Valley.
Tune said campers should protect themselves on site until the fire department, supported by waterdrop planes, can gain access to the site. Tune said he didn't know how close the fire was to the campsite.
"All of our resources are working to make this escape route beautiful and safe for them," he said.
A tanker was fighting the Creek Fire in California on Saturday. The fire had burned 36,000 acres and was 0 percent contained from 7.30 p.m. on Saturday
Smoke from wildfire rises in the air near Shaver Lake, California on Saturday. The fires in the Sierra National Forest have resulted in evacuation orders
Traffic comes to a halt on Highway CA-168 and Lodge Road as people are evacuated and roads are closed due to a devastating Saturday in Sierra National Forrest
Satellite imagery shows smoke from the fires in the Sierra National Forrest in Northern California
Surrounded by thick pine forests, 35 miles northeast of Fresno, the lake is a popular boating and fishing destination. Bone-dry conditions and hot weather fueled the flames.
"Once the fire starts, it creates its own weather and adds wind to increase spread," said Tune.
The fire broke out on Friday evening. Crews worked all night, but on Saturday morning authorities issued evacuation orders for communities around the lake, urging people to get out of the heat of Labor Day weekend to stay away from the popular lake.
& # 39; Customize your Labor Day weekend plans. Access to Shaver Lake is completely closed to the public due to #CreekFire, "the Fresno District Sheriff's Office tweeted after evacuation orders were announced for campsites and communities on the lake.
The California Highway Patrol has closed State Route 168 to only allow rescue workers and evacuees access.
Wildfire that broke out near Shaver Lake in the Sierra National Forest has resulted in evacuation orders as authorities urged people to break out of the Labor Day weekend heat wave to stay away from the popular lake
The devastating fire that burned near Shaver Lake exploded 56 square miles, jumping over a river, and endangering the only road to Mammoth Pool Campground
In southern California, a fire in the foothills of Yucaipa east of Los Angeles resulted in evacuation orders for eastern parts of the 54,000-resident city and several communities including Oak Glen, Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (Cal Fire) said the fire scorched at least 1.5 square miles and was burning at a "moderate to dangerous" rate.
Part of the San Gorgonio wilderness has been closed and hikers have been told to leave the country.
In eastern San Diego County, firefighters warned that a fire near Alpine was burning at a "dangerous speed" after spreading to 400 acres (0.6 square miles) in an hour. A small community south of Alpine in the Cleveland National Forest has been ordered to evacuate.
Nearly 12,500 firefighters fought 22 major fires in the state, according to Cal Fire. Despite the heat, firefighters contained two major fires in the Monterey County coastal area.
Smoke from wildfire rises to the sky in Sierra National Forrest on Saturday as there were reports of multiple injuries and around 150 people trapped without an escape route
There have been 900 forest fires in California since August 15, many of which were triggered by an intense series of thousands of lightning strikes. The flames burned more than 1.5 million acres (2,343 square miles). There were eight fire deaths and nearly 3,300 buildings destroyed.
The heat wave was expected to spread triple-digit temperatures across much of California by Monday. Officials urged people to save electricity to relieve the state's power grid.
Pacific Gas & Electric, the state's largest utility company, warned customers on Saturday that it could turn off electricity starting Tuesday due to the expected high winds and heat that could create an even greater fire hazard.
Some of the largest and deadliest fires in the state in recent years have been caused by failed power lines and other utilities.
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