The California Army National Guard colonel in charge of rescuing Sierra National Forest visitors from the fast-moving Creek Fire told CNN on Tuesday airlifts are going extremely well.

Col. David Hall told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that about 385 people and 27 animals have been rescued.

Helicopter crews Tuesday airlifted at least 148 people who had been trapped by the Creek Fire, one of many wildfires that rage in the Golden State when scorching weather conditions threaten even more.

Tuesday’s rescues, which also took 16 dogs to safety, came after more than 200 other people were airlifted from the forest over the weekend. Officials said the Creek Fire as burned 143,929 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains northeast of Fresno.

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