TODAY   |  July 20, 2013

Crews race to contain Palm Springs fire

Residents have been evacuated and others are on alert as the massive fire in the Idyllwild area of California remains close to Palm Springs. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer

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>> there. good morning.

>> reporter: carson, good morning. the governor's office declared a state of emergency for this region and firefighters here will be battling a blaze in 100 degree temperatures. it's 4:00 in the morning and 85 degrees here. take a look at the video here. it's been an extreme and explosive fire out of control for six days now. the so-called mountain fire is 15% contained. it's burning across so much of this region. itis feeding on bone dry brush here and whipping winds. we have 3,000 firefighters working on the front lines to create miles and miles of fire break . this fire is jumping from hillside to hillside, crews doing what they can to stop the blaze. the air attack has been critical. at least 29 helicopters flying across this 40 square mile burn zone destroyed. it is on the move today as it threatened other structures. the nearby town of idlewild is a mountain community where 6,000 people have been forced to evacuate. new evacuation orders issued yesterday. it's a difficult day for firefighters on the front lines facing tough weather conditions and facing this huge blaze for the sixth straight day. carson?

>> miguel, thank you so much. thinking of everybody there, especially the firefighters in the heat.