Wildfires burning through Calif. force evacuations amid heat wave

A helicopter prepares to drop water at a wildfire in Yucaipa, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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UPDATED 2:13 PM PT – Sunday, September 6, 2020

Wildfires continue to ravage the Golden State amid a major heat wave.

In Fresno and Madera counties, the Creek Fire has been burning since Friday. So far, the blaze has forced numerous evacuations and a number severe injuries have been reported.

Massive rescue operations have been underway since Saturday, when hundreds of campers became trapped near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir with no safe evacuation route. Operations were conducted by Fresno and Madera county officials, along with the National Guard, as helicopters lifted people out of the area.

Evacuees from the Creek Fire are receiving aid from the Central California Red Cross.

“We can see what’s the best plan for them tonight. Will they be staying with friends or family? Do they need a hotel? We can help meet those needs once they come here.” – Nicole Maul, Central California Red Cross

Members of a hand crew work on the fire line in Yucaipa, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Meanwhile, the CZU Complex Fire continues to burn in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. The blaze has destroyed hundreds of homes.

“It was very shocking just seeing a pile of rubble, seeing the steps that lead up to what is nothing now,” explained one Boulder Creek resident.

Traffic comes to a stop at Highway CA-168 and Lodge Road as people are evacuated and roads closed because of a wildfire Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 near Shaver Lake, Calif. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)

Many of those who were forced to flee their home are still unable to return.

The El Dorado Fire, which erupted Saturday, continues its path of destruction in San Bernardino County. Officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders for Oak Glen, Forest Falls and parts of Yucaipa.

An evacuation center has been established by the Red Cross at the Yucaipa Community Center. As of Sunday, no injuries or structural damage has been reported.

Fire fighters continue to battle each of these wild fires amid the heat wave, which impacted most of Southern California over Labor Day weekend.

RELATED: At Least 5 Dead In Northern Calif. Wildfires As Containment Efforts Continue

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