He and his family were among the evacuees as flames raced through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Sacramento.
BUTTE COUNTY- California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Butte County due to the effects of the Wall Fire, which has burned thousands of acres, damaged critical infrastructure and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents.
The fire that broke out Saturday afternoon near Lake Cachuma has burned 17 square miles as of Monday morning.
Firefighters are battling blazes across the U.S. West and in Canada. That's more than twice the average area burned for this time of year, which normally would have seen about 2,500 fires burning 42 square miles.
The fire was one of several threatening homes around the state during a heat wave that has made it hard on firefighters.
Evacuation orders: Issued for Blazing Saddle Drive, Buckhorn Ridge, White Rock Lane and Tepusquet Road, south of Blazing Saddle drive to Santa Maria Mesa Road. On Sunday, firefighters had a good handle on the blaze and continued to mop up hot spots.
In the image, three firefighters in Oroville, California, appear to be saving an American flag from the impending fire on Saturday.
Evacuation centers have been set up at San Marcos High School and Santa Ynez Elementary School.
About a dozen of the fires are considered major, Kevin Skrepnek, spokesman for the British Columbia Wildlife Service, said Monday. An unknown number of cabins remained under evacuation orders. It's called the Whittier Fire because it started near Camp Whittier, a summer camp near Lake Cachuma owned by the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County.
Firefighters huddled with the children for hours until it was safe enough to transport them out of the camp and back to their parents. It was 20 percent contained. It was 15 percent contained as of Monday morning.
Garza fire: The fire in Fresno County has blackened 700 acres near Avenal.
"It's a rough fight", Jim Harris, the national forest's deputy fire chief, told reporters Sunday afternoon.
It's still too early to estimate when residents will be able to return to their homes, Davis said. It is 90 percent contained.
Axel fire: Flames from this El Dorado County fire have blackened 100 acres near Rescue.
Added Brughelli, "The fire came to within 50 feet of the vineyards". It's only July and, so far, the total number of acres burned statewide is double this time past year.
And although global climate change is often linked to an increase in severe hurricanes and rising sea levels, a growing body of research suggests that the rise in fires across the western United States can also be attributed to human-caused climate change. More than 730 acres have been charred.
That blaze, now the state's largest active fire located approximately midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, was 15 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.