Hundreds rescued by military helicopters after wildfire in Sierra National Forest


In California. Hundreds of people have been airlifted to safety after a fast moving wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area. NPR's Joel Rose reports. Firefighters are battling dozens of major fires across the state in sweltering temperatures. A fast spreading fire in California's Sierra National Forest trapped hundreds of campers at a popular reservoir near Shaver Lake north east of Fresno. Emergency responders had to use military helicopters to evacuate more than 200 campers in a Siri's of rescues that began Saturday and continued through the night. A brutal heat wave is pushing temperatures into the triple digits across California. Bone dry conditions and hot weather are fuelling more than 20 major fires in the state, including fast spreading fires in the mountains east of Los Angeles and San

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