Hundreds evacuated as California wildfire spreads

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes in northern California as firefighters continue to battle a wind whipped wildfire.

A firefighter battles the flames in east California. Credit: REUTERS/Max Whittaker

At least 10 homes have been destroyed by the blaze known as "Sand Fire" near the Yosemite National Park, which fire officials said had grown significantly overnight. Authorities have evacuated nearly 500 more properties as a precaution.

Firefighters protect an evacuated home near the fast moving wildfire. Credit: REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Lynne Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman the California Department of Forestry said the fire which has scorched about 3,800 acres since Friday, could grow again on Sunday as firefighters brace for high winds and triple-digit heat.

A helicopter drops water on the fast-moving wildfire called "Sand Fire." Credit: REUTERS/Max Whittaker