"It's very hot and dangerous," said Susan Klein-Rothschild, an official with the County Health Department. "We thought that the fire was going to be contained, but we were very wrong." She added that it is calmer during the day, and that the eruptions and expansions have happened during the night hours.
A new fire erupted Friday afternoon in Northern California. The wind-driven inferno quickly burned 200 acres of grasslands and necessitated the evacuation of China Gulch, a small community in Gold County.
A blaze in Central New Mexico destroyed over 24 homes and disfigured more than 26 square miles near the town of Chilili. Mild winds helped the firefighters wrestle the blaze in triple-digit temperatures.
The officials say they have to fight 100-foot length flames throughout the day.
Concerned authorities expanded the mandatory evacuation zone to include more subdivisions to the north and west. They are however yet to determine how many homes have been affected, or how many are still under threat.
National wildfire authorities had predicted a terrible and challenging year for the state after years of drought, and the fires seem to have proved them right. The south was bypassed by rain and snow delivered by El Nino in the north. The little rain that was experienced only seemed to add to the danger of long-dead vegetation.