Wildfires rage in West, stretching nation’s resources thin

Two California wildfires engulfed more than 13,000 acres Monday, destroying almost 50 properties and leaving many residents displaced.

Boy Scout summer campers were trapped temporarily in Los Padres National Park as a massive fire raged through the mountain around them, park spokesman Andrew Madsen said.

Campers, which included 65 kids and 15 counselors, were trapped at the camp until firefighters could make their way across the park and help them to a safe area, Madsen said.

Others displaced by the blaze include national park visitors, many of whom will not leave nearby Santa Barbara until they can collect their belongings, and campers who were left at the park during the evacuation.

“Everyone was told to grab their things and get out,” Madsen said.

 

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