Firefighters are continuing to tackle a huge blaze in southern California, with several of them describing it as the most ferocious they have ever seen.

 

An evacuation order has been issued for an area home to more than 82,000 people, just east of Los Angeles.

 

The Blue Cut fire, as it has been named, has destroyed homes and disrupted transport links between California and Nevada.

 

Some people have been running for their lives just ahead of the flames.

 

The blaze first ignited on Tuesday in a drought-ravaged mountain pass and a day later it had spread across nearly 47 square miles (12,200 hectares).

 

The flames have advanced, out of control, despite the efforts of 1,300 firefighters.

 

Commander Mike Wakoski said he had never seen such extreme conditions in 40 years of service.

 

"There will be a lot of families that come home to nothing," said San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig.

 

"It hit hard. It hit fast. It hit with an intensity that we hadn't seen before," he added.

 

There are no known fatalities but dogs are searching the ruins for bodies.

 

Authorities have been unable to say how many homes have been destroyed, but some fear it will be in the hundreds.

 

 

 

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