A 32,414-acre wildfire burning in Sierra Nevada forests continued Thursday (Aug. 20) to move toward Hume Lake and nearby campgrounds after thousands of people fled the flames, the Los Angeles Times reported.
More than 1,000 firefighters were tackling the Rough fire as flames ran through trees, chaparral and tall grass in steep hillsides and isolated ridges in the Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The fire was only 3% contained Thursday and burning in a drainage.
In just 2 1/2 hours, more than 2,500 people fled nearby cabins, campgrounds and the Hume Lake Christian Camp as flames crossed the Kings River and Highway 180. As the fire grew rapidly, campers, hikers and residents sought safer ground.
The lightning-sparked fire started July 31 just east of Fresno but spread rapidly early this week because of low humidity and warm temperatures. The fire is nearing the lake, which is in Sequoia National Forest to the south.
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