TODAY | August 09, 2013
>>> come in handy in southern california where crews are struggling against a massive wildfire that's spreading too fast to contain. miguel almaguer is there with the latest. how is it looking out there.
>> willie, good morning. burning through forest land this fire is difficult to see from communities that are under a threat but we can smell the smoke in the air. it charred across 14,000 square miles -- excuse me, 14,000 square acres and it is still growing.
>> reporter: advancing overnight, slicing across and blanketing the mountains.
>> if we can get support anything at all will help.
>> reporter: this morning it threatens 500 homes. at least 26 already destroyed.
>> oh, man, i think this house -- there used to be a house right here.
>> mandatory evacuation. you need to evacuate immediately.
>> reporter: on thursday, more evacuations. some 2,000 people forced to flee the flames. most had little time to leave.
>> it singed my heaair it was so hot.
>> reporter: this wind whipped out of control inferno kept 1400 firefighters on their heels. drought like conditions here right for a fire storm .
>> it is dry and receptive to fire and fire spread because we're seeing these unique weather things happening that are different than the norm.
>> reporter: today as the fire fight enters day three, thousands with wait watch and wonder. they left their home as flames closed in.
>> my neighbor's house burned only 200 feet away.
>> reporter: their community among the hardest hit. late thursday behind the fire lines we found their home still standing sharing the good news.
>> look at this picture.
>> it made it?
>> the house is still standing .
>> reporter: there's no doubt they are some of the lucky ones . this fire is roughly 20% contained but there's concern that the fire can make another run towards a community.
>> miguel almaguer. thanks.
>> meantime, natalie has breaking news on a new terror alert this morning.