"Silver Fire: Multiple Factors Created Dangerous, Fast-Moving Fire"

"When the Silver fire ignited about 2 p.m. Wednesday, officials say the stage was set for explosive growth that initially overwhelmed residents and the emergency crews sent to get them out of harm’s way."

"The Silver fire raged from 300 acres in its infancy to 5,000 acres just three hours later, a feat assisted by topography that runs parallel to the prevailing winds, literally putting the wind at the fire’s back, which pushed it rapidly over steep terrain, outbuildings, homes and vehicles.

With the fire lines spreading rapidly and exits cut off by the flames, emergency crews were forced to ask some residents to “shelter in place” until firefighters and sheriff’s deputies could safely escort them out."

Jason Wells and Joseph Serna report for the Los Angeles Times August 8, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Clouds of Wildfire Smoke Are Choking Southern Oregon" (Mother Jones)

"California Wildfire Destroys 26 Homes" (AP)

"'Head to Toe' Burn Victim Among Five Hurt as California Wildfire Spreads" (NBC News)

Source: LA Times, 08/09/2013