Human Interest 12 Jarring Photos of the Ongoing California Wildfires Firefighters are working to contain massive blazes, which are costing people their health, homes and lives By Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho was the Features Editor of PEOPLE Digital from 2019 to 2022. She worked at the brand for nearly four years covering news, features, human interest, evergreen, holiday gift guides and more. She launched the How I Parent and What It's Really Like to Be …. digital series and has interviewed several celebrities and influential leaders within the entertainment industry. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Diane worked at Bustle, VH1 and Complex. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and her master's degree from Columbia Journalism School. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 9, 2020 06:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 12 JOSH EDELSON//Getty Images A firefighter is seen dousing scattered flames as they move towards homes in Madera County in California on Sept. 7. Over 500 firefighters and four helicopters were sent to battle the El Dorado blaze east of San Bernardino, which began Saturday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. A firework at a "gender reveal" party triggered the fire, which has now spread throughout the area. 02 of 12 JOSH EDELSON//Getty Images Another firefighter works to fight the sprawling flames in Madera County on Sept. 7. 03 of 12 Wildfires ravage California. JOSH EDELSON//Getty Images A home was completely engulfed by flames during the Creek Fire in Fresno County on Sept. 8. 04 of 12 Fires on the west coast. David McNew/Getty Images Embers fall from the bright red sky as California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in five California counties, including Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Bernardino and San Diego. Here, a firefighter walks towards the fire near Shaver Lake on Sept. 8. 05 of 12 Firefighters battling the blazes. JOSH EDELSON//Getty Images Butte County firefighters watch as flames rise and spread quickly at the Bear Fire in Oroville on Sept. 9. 06 of 12 Wildfires in California. JOSH EDELSON//Getty Images A Butte County firefighter is seen dousing flames as thick smoke fills the air around him on Sept. 9. 07 of 12 Wildfires in California. JOSH EDELSON//Getty Images Flames begin to tower over Butte County fire trucks on Sept. 9, as seen here. 08 of 12 Kent Nishimura /Getty Images Exhausted firefighters (left to right) Rob Spitzer, Max Kitty, Josiah Gist and Hunter Grossmann (with Cal Fire Madera Mariposa Merced Unit - Rancheria) take a break along Waterfall Way in the Cascadel Woods community, where the men have been fighting the Creek Fire since Saturday. 09 of 12 Kent Nishimura /Getty Images Firefighter Hunter Grossmann lays down on the side of the road next to a Madera County firetruck to rest from battling against massive flames. 10 of 12 Fires in San. JOSH EDELSON//Getty Images The countless flames below the orange-lit sky can be seen by the Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville on Sept. 9. 11 of 12 Bear Fire in California. JOSH EDELSON//Getty Images An officer pulls over to the side of the road and watches flames launch into the air as the fire continues to spread in Oroville on Sept. 9. 12 of 12 BRITTANY HOSEA-SMALL/Getty Images This haunting image of the orange sky filled with smoke was taken in Concord on Sept. 9.