5000 firefighters battling 14 large wildfires in California

Silver fire: The San Bernardino County blaze burned 13 acres in the Silverwood Lake area.

A plane drops retardant while battling a wildfire near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. In California, some 5,000 firefighters are battling 14 large wildfires, state officials say. The remains of mobile homes destroyed by wildfire sit at a trailer park in Boston Flats, British Columbia, on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Dry thunderstorms - which produce lightning without sending rain to the ground - may spark additional wildfires this week, the National Weather Service warned.

Here's a closer look at the fires burning in the western United States and Canada.

Early Sunday morning, a special animal evacuation was made by a Santa Barbara County animal control officer as homeowners were out of town and animals were left in the home, according to officials.

As raging fires across the West continue to raze thousands of acres and force thousands of people from their homes, the image is an uplifting reminder that not everything can be destroyed.

At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, a hundred kilometers from the city of Sacramento, some 4,000 people have already been evacuated and another 7,400 are preparing for it. Officials said the fire burned at least 200 acres. However, a lot of air resources are making great progress on this fire. It was just 10 percent contained Sunday. Officials said that the flames were "completely out of control" as temperatures reached almost 38C and fires were fanned by strong winds.

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At least 400 firefighters were assigned to the fire, whose cause officially remains under investigation, although authorities said they believe it began with a vehicle fire.

[4:55 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire has spread to 3000 acres with 10 percent containment.

Crews are gaining the upper hand on a fire burning south of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in north-central Montana.

The blaze burned almost 9 square miles (23 square kilometres) of grass, injured four firefighters and destroyed at least 17 structures.

Firefighters save a U.S. flag as impending flames from the "Wall Fire" close in on a luxury home in Oroville, California on July 8, 2017.

Julien Bourque of Rogersville, New Brunswick, said he's eager to help. And they rode it out with them for hours.

  • Rita Burton