Firefighters battled fires under orange skies in Northern California, Wednesday, September 9, as wildfires continue to ravage the Western United States.
READ MORE: About 14,000 firefighters continue to battle 25 wildfires in the Western U.S. state of California that have burned more than 890,000 hectares.
Authorities warned that gusty winds Wednesday could further fuel the fires that have already grown significantly as record-breaking heat settled in across the Western part of the country.
Two of the three largest fires in recorded state history are burning north of the San Francisco Bay area, although the fires have been largely contained after burning for three weeks.
Over the past few days, helicopter crews have rescued hundreds of stranded people from the burning Sierra National Forest in central California, where fires destroyed 365 buildings, including 45 homes.