California faces an active wildfire season in 2016 due to years of drought and what could be a scorching summer.
Scenes of destruction were everywhere Thursday after a huge wildfire sped through mountains and high desert 60 miles east of Los Angeles so swiftly that it took seasoned firefighters off guard.
A look at some of the wildfires that broke out in Southern California this year.View gallery
Ronnie Moore and his son were watching a raging wildfire from their front yard in Phelan when suddenly, the wind shifted.
The northbound Interstate 15 that travels through the Cajon Pass reopened Thursday morning as the ferocious, so-called Blue Cut Fire charred nearly 55 square miles in San Bernardino County.
This map shows the locations of California's 20 largest wildfires.
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