An out-of-control wildfire in Madera County in Central California more than doubled in size overnight to 5,600 acres, officials said.
In addition to scorching temperatures, high winds and dry conditions, crews attempting to reach the blaze, dubbed the French fire, have had to traverse steep, rugged terrain in an area that has no recorded fire history, said Royjindar Singh, spokesman for the fire's incident management team.
Wildlife, meanwhile, appear to be fleeing the area to protect themselves from the flames, said Erica Stuart, spokeswoman for the Madera County Sheriff's Department.
A photograph taken Tuesday at the fire showed a bear running through a smoke-filled wooded area.
"Wildlife is getting the brunt of it," she said.
Mandatory evacuations orders remain in place for the Mammoth Pool and Cascadel areas in Sierra National Forest.