In Washington state, dozens of homes are in danger from a fast-moving brush fire.
Joel Moreno reports.
Flames burned an ominous glow against the night sky as a huge brush fire swept into Wenatchee.
A commercial district ignited as the fire pushed from the surrounding hillsides into a housing development, then spread to nearby businesses.
The initial reports came out of Monitor to the west, as a brush fire threatened nearby houses.
"The fire started right down by us," says resident Randy Dawson. "We called it in and it went straight up the hill right behind our house."
Steep hillsides and stiff winds drove flames toward Wenatchee faster than emergency crews could move.
Walls of fire and choking black smoke swallowed homes along the slopes and even the aerial attack couldn't contain the destruction.
"The houses over there are pretty threatened," says resident Samantha Altizer. "It already burned one barn."
Crews say dozens of homes have burned to the ground.
Thousands of residents are now under evacuation orders, though early on, not everyone heeded the warnings.
"We got a level three evacuation notice but we didn't leave," Dawson says."We sat there and helped the firefighters. Gave them water and whatever they needed."
Those not fighting to save their homes stopped to take in the spectacle, crediting firefighters for what seemed like an overwhelming task.
"There's not much they can do," says resident Mary Howie. "Look at how much it's flaming up right now. It's just incredible."
Still no word on what started the fire or when crews might get the upper hand.
Hot, gusty winds kept the flames moving through tinder-dry areas, with no sign of relief.