Helicopter crews braved dangerous smoke and flames Tuesday as they rescued more than 100 hikers, campers and other people trapped in remote locations of the Sierra Nevada by the destructive Creek fire.
Officials hope to rescue another 65 stranded people through the day.
The blaze exploded to more than 100,000 acres over the Labor Day weekend, moving too fast to prevent easy escape for people enjoying the holiday at many recreation areas.
U.S. Forest Service Supervisor Dean Gould told reporters Monday night that the Creek fire was an “unprecedented disaster,” adding it was “in a class by itself.”
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