Campgrounds were evacuated and residents put on alert Monday as a California wildfire threatened hundreds of structures in the Sierra national forest, one of nine blazes burning across the state.
Across California and other western states, hot, dry and windy conditions fuelled by the ongoing drought have hampered firefighters’ efforts to contain more wildfires than usual.
Since 1 January, firefighters in California have responded to about 1,300 more blazes than usual for the period.
“As we continue to get deeper into the summer, conditions are only going to be drier,” said state fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.
A look at the latest wildfires and efforts to bring them under control: