(CNN)At least 22 large fires are burning in California, where dry, windy conditions and record-breaking high temperatures have been fueling flames for weeks in some areas.

While firefighters continue to battle the flames and rescue people from dangerous areas, other agencies are proactively closing national forests, and temporary power shut-offs have been ordered to prevent future blazes.A public safety power shutoff is in effect for 22 counties in Northern California, with 172,000 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) customers impacted Monday night. Full restoration of power is expected by Wednesday evening.Firefighter Nick Grinstead battles the Creek Fire in the Shaver Lake community of Fresno County, California, on Monday, September 7.Firefighter Nick Grinstead battles the Creek Fire in the Shaver Lake community of Fresno County, California, on Monday, September 7. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighter Nick Grinstead battles the Creek Fire in the Shaver Lake community of Fresno County, California, on Monday, September 7.Hide Caption 1 of 59A brush fire encroaches on Japatul Road during the Valley Fire in Jamul, California, on Sunday, September 6.A brush fire encroaches on Japatul Road during the Valley Fire in Jamul, California, on Sunday, September 6. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA brush fire encroaches on Japatul Road during the Valley Fire in Jamul, California, on Sunday, September 6.Hide Caption 2 of 59A firefighter in Jamul, California, battles the Valley Fire on September 6.A firefighter in Jamul, California, battles the Valley Fire on September 6. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter in Jamul, California, battles the Valley Fire on September 6.Hide Caption 3 of 59Little League baseball players warm up for a game near Dehesa, California, as the Valley Fire burns on September 6.Little League baseball players warm up for a game near Dehesa, California, as the Valley Fire burns on September 6. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestLittle League baseball players warm up for a game near Dehesa, California, as the Valley Fire burns on September 6.Hide Caption 4 of 59A firefighter watches the advancing Creek Fire in Shaver Lake, California.A firefighter watches the advancing Creek Fire in Shaver Lake, California. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter watches the advancing Creek Fire in Shaver Lake, California.Hide Caption 5 of 59A business owner in Shaver Lake walks next to kayaks he rents as smoke from the Creek Fire fills the sky on September 6.A business owner in Shaver Lake walks next to kayaks he rents as smoke from the Creek Fire fills the sky on September 6. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA business owner in Shaver Lake walks next to kayaks he rents as smoke from the Creek Fire fills the sky on September 6.Hide Caption 6 of 59Family members comfort each other as the El Dorado Fire moves closer to their home in Yucaipa, California, on September 6.Family members comfort each other as the El Dorado Fire moves closer to their home in Yucaipa, California, on September 6. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFamily members comfort each other as the El Dorado Fire moves closer to their home in Yucaipa, California, on September 6.Hide Caption 7 of 59A firefighter sets a controlled burn with a drip torch while fighting the Creek Fire in Shaver Lake.A firefighter sets a controlled burn with a drip torch while fighting the Creek Fire in Shaver Lake. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter sets a controlled burn with a drip torch while fighting the Creek Fire in Shaver Lake.Hide Caption 8 of 59Dozens of evacuees are airlifted to safety on a California National Guard helicopter on Saturday, September 5. The Creek Fire had left them stranded in a popular camping area in the Sierra National Forest.Dozens of evacuees are airlifted to safety on a California National Guard helicopter on Saturday, September 5. The Creek Fire had left them stranded in a popular camping area in the Sierra National Forest. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestDozens of evacuees are airlifted to safety on a California National Guard helicopter on Saturday, September 5. The Creek Fire had left them stranded in a popular camping area in the Sierra National Forest.Hide Caption 9 of 59Firefighters walk in a line in Yucaipa on September 5.Firefighters walk in a line in Yucaipa on September 5. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighters walk in a line in Yucaipa on September 5.Hide Caption 10 of 59Haze and smoke blanket the sky near Naches, Washington, as the Evans Canyon Fire burns on Thursday, September 3.Haze and smoke blanket the sky near Naches, Washington, as the Evans Canyon Fire burns on Thursday, September 3. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestHaze and smoke blanket the sky near Naches, Washington, as the Evans Canyon Fire burns on Thursday, September 3.Hide Caption 11 of 59California Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, listens as Santa Cruz State Park Superintendent Chris Spohrer talks about the fire damage to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.California Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, listens as Santa Cruz State Park Superintendent Chris Spohrer talks about the fire damage to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, listens as Santa Cruz State Park Superintendent Chris Spohrer talks about the fire damage to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.Hide Caption 12 of 59Randy Hunt packs up his belongings, including his daughter Natasha's first Pooh bear, left, in case he and his wife Sheli had to evacuate the home they rent in Middletown, California, on August 26.Randy Hunt packs up his belongings, including his daughter Natasha's first Pooh bear, left, in case he and his wife Sheli had to evacuate the home they rent in Middletown, California, on August 26. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestRandy Hunt packs up his belongings, including his daughter Natasha’s first Pooh bear, left, in case he and his wife Sheli had to evacuate the home they rent in Middletown, California, on August 26.Hide Caption 13 of 59Firefighter Juan Chavarin pulls down a burning tree trunk in Guerneville, California, on August 25.Firefighter Juan Chavarin pulls down a burning tree trunk in Guerneville, California, on August 25. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighter Juan Chavarin pulls down a burning tree trunk in Guerneville, California, on August 25.Hide Caption 14 of 59A sign reading "Vaca Strong" adorns a charred hillside in Vacaville, California, on August 24.A sign reading "Vaca Strong" adorns a charred hillside in Vacaville, California, on August 24. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA sign reading “Vaca Strong” adorns a charred hillside in Vacaville, California, on August 24.Hide Caption 15 of 59Austin Giannuzzi cries while embracing relatives at the burned remains of their Vacaville home on August 23.Austin Giannuzzi cries while embracing relatives at the burned remains of their Vacaville home on August 23. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestAustin Giannuzzi cries while embracing relatives at the burned remains of their Vacaville home on August 23.Hide Caption 16 of 59A firefighter looks out from a helicopter while battling the LNU Lightning Complex fires in Lake County, California.A firefighter looks out from a helicopter while battling the LNU Lightning Complex fires in Lake County, California. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter looks out from a helicopter while battling the LNU Lightning Complex fires in Lake County, California.Hide Caption 17 of 59Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires leap above Butts Canyon Road in Lake County on August 23.Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires leap above Butts Canyon Road in Lake County on August 23. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires leap above Butts Canyon Road in Lake County on August 23.Hide Caption 18 of 59Karol Markowski of the South Pasadena Fire Department hoses down hot spots while battling the CZU Lightning Complex fires in Boulder Creek, California, on August 22.Karol Markowski of the South Pasadena Fire Department hoses down hot spots while battling the CZU Lightning Complex fires in Boulder Creek, California, on August 22. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestKarol Markowski of the South Pasadena Fire Department hoses down hot spots while battling the CZU Lightning Complex fires in Boulder Creek, California, on August 22.Hide Caption 19 of 59A burned-out vehicle is left in front of a destroyed residence as smoke fills the sky in Boulder Creek on August 22.A burned-out vehicle is left in front of a destroyed residence as smoke fills the sky in Boulder Creek on August 22. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA burned-out vehicle is left in front of a destroyed residence as smoke fills the sky in Boulder Creek on August 22.Hide Caption 20 of 59Smoke hangs low in the air at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park as some redwoods burn in Boulder Creek on August 22.Smoke hangs low in the air at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park as some redwoods burn in Boulder Creek on August 22. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSmoke hangs low in the air at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park as some redwoods burn in Boulder Creek on August 22.Hide Caption 21 of 59A firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood in Napa County on August 21.A firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood in Napa County on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter watches the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood in Napa County on August 21.Hide Caption 22 of 59Veterinary technician Brianna Jeter comforts a llama injured by a fire in Vacaville on August 21. At right, animal control officer Dae Kim prepares to euthanize the llama.Veterinary technician Brianna Jeter comforts a llama injured by a fire in Vacaville on August 21. At right, animal control officer Dae Kim prepares to euthanize the llama. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestVeterinary technician Brianna Jeter comforts a llama injured by a fire in Vacaville on August 21. At right, animal control officer Dae Kim prepares to euthanize the llama.Hide Caption 23 of 59Smoke from nearby wildfires hangs over San Francisco on August 21.Smoke from nearby wildfires hangs over San Francisco on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSmoke from nearby wildfires hangs over San Francisco on August 21.Hide Caption 24 of 59A firefighter monitors the advance of a fire in Boulder Creek on August 21.A firefighter monitors the advance of a fire in Boulder Creek on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter monitors the advance of a fire in Boulder Creek on August 21.Hide Caption 25 of 59Members of the US Forest Service discuss their next moves to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Dotsero, Colorado, on August 21.Members of the US Forest Service discuss their next moves to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Dotsero, Colorado, on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestMembers of the US Forest Service discuss their next moves to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Dotsero, Colorado, on August 21.Hide Caption 26 of 59People pack brown-bag lunches at an evacuation center in Santa Cruz, California, on August 21.People pack brown-bag lunches at an evacuation center in Santa Cruz, California, on August 21. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeople pack brown-bag lunches at an evacuation center in Santa Cruz, California, on August 21.Hide Caption 27 of 59A smoke plume from the LNU Lightning Complex fires billows over Healdsburg, California, on August 20.A smoke plume from the LNU Lightning Complex fires billows over Healdsburg, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA smoke plume from the LNU Lightning Complex fires billows over Healdsburg, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 28 of 59A firefighter battles flames in Santa Cruz County, California, on August 20.A firefighter battles flames in Santa Cruz County, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter battles flames in Santa Cruz County, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 29 of 59Only scorched homes and vehicles remain in the Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California, on August 20.Only scorched homes and vehicles remain in the Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestOnly scorched homes and vehicles remain in the Spanish Flat Mobile Villa in Napa County, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 30 of 59Peter Koleckar reacts after seeing multiple homes burned in his neighborhood in Bonny Doon, California, on August 20.Peter Koleckar reacts after seeing multiple homes burned in his neighborhood in Bonny Doon, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeter Koleckar reacts after seeing multiple homes burned in his neighborhood in Bonny Doon, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 31 of 59A forest burns in Bonny Doon on August 20.A forest burns in Bonny Doon on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA forest burns in Bonny Doon on August 20.Hide Caption 32 of 59A man looks at a tree blocking his way after a fire ravaged Vacaville, California, on August 20.A man looks at a tree blocking his way after a fire ravaged Vacaville, California, on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA man looks at a tree blocking his way after a fire ravaged Vacaville, California, on August 20.Hide Caption 33 of 59A melted plastic fence lies on the charred ground after fire swept through Vacaville on August 20.A melted plastic fence lies on the charred ground after fire swept through Vacaville on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA melted plastic fence lies on the charred ground after fire swept through Vacaville on August 20.Hide Caption 34 of 59Sarah Hawkins searches through rubble after her Vacaville home was destroyed on August 20.Sarah Hawkins searches through rubble after her Vacaville home was destroyed on August 20. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSarah Hawkins searches through rubble after her Vacaville home was destroyed on August 20.Hide Caption 35 of 59Fire crews maintain a backburn to control the River Fire near the Las Palmas neighborhood in Salinas, California, on August 19.Fire crews maintain a backburn to control the River Fire near the Las Palmas neighborhood in Salinas, California, on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFire crews maintain a backburn to control the River Fire near the Las Palmas neighborhood in Salinas, California, on August 19.Hide Caption 36 of 59Gina Santos cries in her car after evacuating Vacaville on August 19.Gina Santos cries in her car after evacuating Vacaville on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestGina Santos cries in her car after evacuating Vacaville on August 19.Hide Caption 37 of 59People herd cows down Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville on August 19.People herd cows down Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestPeople herd cows down Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville on August 19.Hide Caption 38 of 59Flames consume a home in Napa County, California, on August 19.Flames consume a home in Napa County, California, on August 19. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames consume a home in Napa County, California, on August 19.Hide Caption 39 of 59Embers burn along a hillside above Lake Berryessa as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County on August 18. This image was taken with a long exposure.Embers burn along a hillside above Lake Berryessa as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County on August 18. This image was taken with a long exposure. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestEmbers burn along a hillside above Lake Berryessa as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through Napa County on August 18. This image was taken with a long exposure.Hide Caption 40 of 59A resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessy Fire close in near Lake Berryessa on August 18.A resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessy Fire close in near Lake Berryessa on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA resident runs into a home to save a dog while flames from the Hennessy Fire close in near Lake Berryessa on August 18.Hide Caption 41 of 59A home burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in Napa County on August 18.A home burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in Napa County on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA home burns as the LNU Lightning Complex fires tear through the Spanish Flat community in Napa County on August 18.Hide Caption 42 of 59An air tanker drops retardant on fires in the Spanish Flat community of Napa County on August 18.An air tanker drops retardant on fires in the Spanish Flat community of Napa County on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestAn air tanker drops retardant on fires in the Spanish Flat community of Napa County on August 18.Hide Caption 43 of 59Flames from the Hennessy Fire consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County on August 18.Flames from the Hennessy Fire consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County on August 18. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames from the Hennessy Fire consume a cabin at the Nichelini Family Winery in Napa County on August 18.Hide Caption 44 of 59Tony Leonardini works on a spot fire as thunderstorm winds fan the Hennessy Fire in Napa County on August 17.Tony Leonardini works on a spot fire as thunderstorm winds fan the Hennessy Fire in Napa County on August 17. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestTony Leonardini works on a spot fire as thunderstorm winds fan the Hennessy Fire in Napa County on August 17.Hide Caption 45 of 59Smoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire is thick in Glenwood Canyon, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 16.Smoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire is thick in Glenwood Canyon, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 16. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestSmoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire is thick in Glenwood Canyon, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 16.Hide Caption 46 of 59Kathy Mathison looks at the still-smoldering wildfire on August 16 that, just a day before, came within several feet of her home in Bend, Oregon.Kathy Mathison looks at the still-smoldering wildfire on August 16 that, just a day before, came within several feet of her home in Bend, Oregon. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestKathy Mathison looks at the still-smoldering wildfire on August 16 that, just a day before, came within several feet of her home in Bend, Oregon.Hide Caption 47 of 59Firefighters look at smoke and flames rising from the Ranch2 Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, on August 14.Firefighters look at smoke and flames rising from the Ranch2 Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, on August 14. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighters look at smoke and flames rising from the Ranch2 Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, on August 14.Hide Caption 48 of 59A helicopter makes a water drop over the Ranch2 Fire in Azusa, California, on August 13.A helicopter makes a water drop over the Ranch2 Fire in Azusa, California, on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA helicopter makes a water drop over the Ranch2 Fire in Azusa, California, on August 13.Hide Caption 49 of 59A car is charred by the Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, on August 13.A car is charred by the Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA car is charred by the Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, on August 13.Hide Caption 50 of 59A couple watches the Ranch2 Fire from a distance on August 13.A couple watches the Ranch2 Fire from a distance on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA couple watches the Ranch2 Fire from a distance on August 13.Hide Caption 51 of 59A firefighter crew works in Lake Hughes on August 13.A firefighter crew works in Lake Hughes on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter crew works in Lake Hughes on August 13.Hide Caption 52 of 59The Lake Fire burns a home in Angeles National Forest on August 13.The Lake Fire burns a home in Angeles National Forest on August 13. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestThe Lake Fire burns a home in Angeles National Forest on August 13.Hide Caption 53 of 59Flames and smoke from the Lake Fire rise on Wednesday, August 12.Flames and smoke from the Lake Fire rise on Wednesday, August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFlames and smoke from the Lake Fire rise on Wednesday, August 12.Hide Caption 54 of 59A firefighter works against the Lake Fire on August 12.A firefighter works against the Lake Fire on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA firefighter works against the Lake Fire on August 12.Hide Caption 55 of 59Firefighters make an escape plan as the Lake Fire burns a hillside on August 12.Firefighters make an escape plan as the Lake Fire burns a hillside on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFirefighters make an escape plan as the Lake Fire burns a hillside on August 12.Hide Caption 56 of 59A tanker makes a drop on the Lake Fire on August 12.A tanker makes a drop on the Lake Fire on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA tanker makes a drop on the Lake Fire on August 12.Hide Caption 57 of 59A plume of smoke rises from the Lake Fire on August 12.A plume of smoke rises from the Lake Fire on August 12. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestA plume of smoke rises from the Lake Fire on August 12.Hide Caption 58 of 59Fire crews battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 11.Fire crews battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 11. Photos: Wildfires burning in the WestFire crews battle the Grizzly Creek Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 11.Hide Caption 59 of 5901 wildfires 090705 wildfires 090605 california fire 090601 california fire 090602 wildfires 090602 california fire 0906RESTRICTED 04 california fire 090601 wildfires 090603 wildfires 090604 wildfires 0906western wildfires 0903 evans canyon western wildfires newsom 0901western wildfires 0826 lightning complex RESTRICTEDwalbridge fire 0825 RESTRICTED01 wildfires 082402 wildfires 082304 wildfires 082301 wildfires 082303 wildfires 082204 wildfires 082211 cali fires 082201 cali fires 082207 cali fires 082203 cali fires 082204 cali fires 082205 cali fires 082206 cali fires 082208 cali fires 082201B wildfires 082102 wildfires 082103 wildfires 082104 wildfires 082105 wildfires 082106 wildfires 082107 wildfires 082108 wildfires 082109 wildfires 082110 wildfires 082111 wildfires 082104B west wildfires 081803 west wildfires 081808 west wildfires 081802 west wildfires 081809 west wildfires 081806 west wildfires 081805 west wildfires 081807 west wildfires 081801 western fires unfurl 0814 california 03 western fires unfurl 0813 california 02 western fires unfurl 0813 california 04 western fires unfurl 0813 california 05 western fires unfurl 0813 california RESTRICTED08 western fires unfurl 0813 california 06 western fires unfurl 07 western fires unfurl 0812 california 09 western fires unfurl 0812 california RESTRICTED10 western fires unfurl 0812 california 11 western fires unfurl 0812 california 02 wildfires california oregon coloradoThere are currently 76 large wildfires burning across the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, and California has been the hardest hit state. More than 4.6 million acres have been burned nationwide so far this year, according to the NIFC. More than 2.09 million of those acres have burned in California, Cal Fire has said.A red flag warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Ventura and Los Angeles counties through Wednesday morning.Read MorePeak wind gusts of up to 50 mph are expected for many elevated areas in Northern California, which only exacerbates an already active fire season in the state as hot and dry weather will continue to dry out vegetation and make it more susceptible to fires during a wind event, PG&E Senior Meteorologist Scott Strenfel explained.

For Public Safety due to Severe Weather, PG&E has Begun Process of Turning Off Power in High Fire-Threat Areas – Strong Winds Expected to Last Through Early Wednesday Morning https://t.co/AOlcxoOAy8 pic.twitter.com/1SdvuxH6FE

— PG&E (@PGE4Me) September 8, 2020 “Unfortunately, this wind event is occurring on the heels of the current heat wave and will produce critical fire potential conditions,” Strenfel said.”Windy conditions, like those being forecast, increase the potential for damage and hazards to the electric infrastructure, which could cause sparks if lines are energized. These conditions also increase the potential for rapid fire spread,” PG&E said in a news release on Monday.Hundreds rescued from Creek Fire The fast moving Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest has grown to 135,523 acres and has no containment, US Forest Service Supervisor Dean Gould said during a Monday night briefing.Gould called the fire an “unprecedented disaster” for Fresno County, adding that while major wildfires have occurred in the area before, the Creek Fire is the “most aggressive of any of those.”The Creek Fire has grown to more than 135,000 acres in a few days. The Creek Fire has grown to more than 135,000 acres in a few days. The Creek Fire has grown to more than 135,000 acres in a few days. “This one’s in a class by itself,” Gould added.The “massive” wildfire has caused heavy structural damage and current conditions are preventing damage inspection teams from getting into the areas to survey exactly how many structures have been lost, a Cal Fire official said during the briefing.As the fire spreads, blocking roads and trails, evacuations have been ordered in Madera and Fresno counties. Many people on vacation for the holiday weekend have become trapped and required aerial rescues. Throughout Monday, helicopters were attempting to rescue those who were trapped by the fire, and it remained a high priority Monday night, Fresno County sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Pursell said.Temporary areas of refuge were set up in four locations, Pursell said.Wildfires force evacuation of entire town in central California  Wildfires force evacuation of entire town in central California  Wildfires force evacuation of entire town in central California “Those people that are in those temporary areas of refuge are safe,” Pursell said. “We want the families to understand that those people are safe.”A rescue operation was underway for about 50 people trapped by the fire near Lake Edison and China Peak late Monday night, according to tweets from the Fresno Fire Department. The first attempt was unsuccessful due to heavy smoke conditions, but the Chinook helicopter will make other attempts using night vision, the department said.Over the weekend, more than 200 people were rescued from the area as flames surrounded Lake Mammoth Reservoir.Fire threat closes national forestsAnother safety measure due to the “monumental fire threat” is the closure of national forests in Southern and Central California. Statewide, all campgrounds will be closed for both day use and overnight camping starting Monday night, a press release from the US Forest Service said.A pyrotechnic device at a gender reveal party sparked one of the California wildfires, burning over 8,600 acresA pyrotechnic device at a gender reveal party sparked one of the California wildfires, burning over 8,600 acresA pyrotechnic device at a gender reveal party sparked one of the California wildfires, burning over 8,600 acres“Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit,” the release said.Among the areas being closed are the Sierra National Forest, where the Creek Fire is still burning out of control and The San Bernardino National Forest, where the El Dorado Fire was sparked by a device at a gender reveal party. Sequoia National Forest will be closed as well, but the National Park remains open with restrictions of no fires, and a warning of poor air quality.The closure means no hiking, biking, fishing, or even taking scenic drives. The Forest Service hopes the closure will reduce the potential for fires caused by humans.Hundreds have been rescued from the Creek Fire. Hundreds have been rescued from the Creek Fire. Hundreds have been rescued from the Creek Fire. “The wildfire situation throughout California is dangerous and must be taken seriously. Existing fires are displaying extreme fire behavior, new fire starts are likely, weather conditions are worsening, and we simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. 80% of the buildings in an eastern Washington town were destroyed during a Labor Day firestorm80% of the buildings in an eastern Washington town were destroyed during a Labor Day firestorm80% of the buildings in an eastern Washington town were destroyed during a Labor Day firestormThe full closures impact Stanislaus National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, and Cleveland National Forest. They will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.Despite how large and widespread the fires in the US are, this season is actually lower than the 10-year average for the same period, according to NIFC. So far this year, there have been a total of 40,883 fires, a number below the 10-year average of 43,456, according to the data from NIFC. The total acreage burned since the beginning of the year is 4,645,058, compared to the 10-year average of 5,680,220 acres, the NIFC said.

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