A major rescue operation is taking place in California after wildfire traps people at a popular reservoir.
Helicopters have carried dozens of people out of the vicinity of Mammoth Pool Reservoir, about 60 km northwest of Fresno.
Rescuers return for others, saying the number of prisoners is unknown. So far, two people have been seriously injured and ten others have moderate injuries.
The fast moving Creek Fire started around 6:45 p.m. on Friday.
The LA Times reported that it had covered approximately 5,000 acres of the Sierra National Forest ̵
A tweet from the Fresno Fire Prevention District just before midnight local time (7:00 a.m. ET) said 63 people had been rescued by military helicopter and taken to Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
It read: “Planes are returning to resume rescue operations. Unknown how many more.”
The rescue comes as some areas of California experience a record heat wave.
Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Friday, warning that power outages could be alternated to meet excessive demand.
Temperatures of up to 49 ° C are expected to persist through the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said parts of southern California could experience “rare, dangerous and potentially fatal” temperatures.