Record temperatures help California wildfires spread as areas are evacuated

Forecasters predict the mercury could soar as high as 110F (43C) in some inland areas and are warning vulnerable people.

It was the hottest in LA since the previous record of 95F (35C) was set 131 years ago.

Two wildfires have spread rapidly and threatened hundreds of homes, forcing evacuations at a lakeside camping ground and a summer camp where children and staff were temporarily trapped.

The blaze that broke out early on Saturday afternoon in California’s Santa Barbara County spread to both sides of Highway 154 and was “completely out of control”, county fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said.

Source: Record temperatures help California wildfires spread as areas are evacuated