California wildfire: Rescuers work to evacuate dozens trapped at reservoir

by BBC

Creek Fire, California

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The fast-moving Creek Fire started at about 18:45 on Friday in the Sierra National Forest

A major rescue operation is taking place in California after a wildfire trapped people at a popular reservoir.

Helicopters have brought out dozens of people so far from around the Mammoth Pool Reservoir, about 40 miles (60km) north-west of Fresno.

Rescuers are returning for others and say the number trapped is unknown. So far two people are seriously injured and 10 more have moderate injuries.

The fast-moving Creek Fire started at about 18:45 on Friday.

It grew to cover about 5,000 acres of the Sierra National Forest – an area of steep and rugged terrain – by Saturday afternoon, the LA Times reported.

A tweet from the Fresno County Fire Protection District just before midnight local time (0700 BST) said 63 people had been rescued by military helicopter and taken to Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

It read: “Aircraft are returning to continue rescue operations, Unknown how many more.”

The rescue comes as some areas of California are experiencing a record heatwave.

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