It’s aggressive and dangerous.
“I’ve never seen a tree explode that’s pretty wild … Oh my God, it jumped from one side to the other,” said Jesse Mills, a truck driver.
And it’s fast.
“This was just a few embers a few minutes ago,” Mills said.
The Rim Fire has been burning since Saturday and won’t be knocked out anytime soon.
Flames from the fire can quickly shoot uphill, making it unsafe for firefighters.
More than 16,000 acres swallowed up and just 5% containment. That’s why the U.S. Forest Service is tackling this blaze from the air.
Two homes have been leveled along with seven outbuildings.
Safety is a top priority. 13 different campsites and areas are evacuated as more than 2,500 structures are threatened. For some, this is their second time around packing up.
“We were evacuated at the last minute and now it’s coming back at us again,” said evacuee Peter Zinuga.