Two wildfires hit central and southern California over the weekend, scorching hundreds of acres and forcing hundreds to flee, the Associated Press reported.
On Sunday, a blaze developed off a road in the small town of Oakhurst roughly 17 miles outside of the entrance to Yosemite National Park in central California. Strong winds caused the fire to spread quickly, eventually reaching 320 acres, destroying one structure and damaging at least 22 others according to the AP. Approximately 400 homes and 900 residents have been evacuated.
In the wake of the disaster California Governor Jerry Brown has secured a grant to cover 75 percent of the cost of fighting the ongoing fire, state officials told the AP.
"This is gut-wrenching," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson told The Fresno Bee. "It makes you sick."
Crews have contained 50 percent of a second fire, which started Friday afternoon and burned 1,600 acres of brush in the mountainous area around Orange County. According to NBC Los Angeles, evacuation orders were lifted on Sunday night.
The Bee posted the following video of the fast moving blaze on their website.
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