At least 35 people have been airlifted to safety after being trapped by one of the two dozen wildfires that have torched a record two million acres in California. Firefighters and the National Guard used helicopters equipped with night vision on a dangerous mission to rescue dozens of people stranded in the Sierra National Forest by the Camp Fire on Tuesday morning, hours after their first attempt was thwarted by heavy smoke and towering flames. Col David Hall of the Army National Guard said search teams dispatched Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters from four different locations in Fresno County and managed to fly 35 people to safety. At least 15 more hikers and campers are believed to be trapped near Chinese Peak and Lake Edison as the rescue effort continues. ‘We’re going to keep working tirelessly throughout the night until we get as many people out as we can,’ Hall told NBC News. On Monday night, Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Tony Escobedo said that one person had been confirmed dead and warned there may be multiple more casualties. The frantic rescue attempt came as wildfires blazed across swathes of the western United States – including Washington, Utah Colorado and Oregon… Read full this story
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