The Blue Cut fire in California has been toiling through communities at a fast clip, destroying areas without a moment's notice. Wind and climate conditions have made the fire hard to control. Officials report numerous buildings have been lost, but it's hard to say how many were homes since erratic flames have kept them away from the site.

The fire is only 22% contained, and by Thursday night hit 36,000 acres in its path. Firefighters have been overworked this season, report writers for The Los Angeles Times. For homeowners who have evacuated there is no certainty to the future.

Crews are now focused on communities west of the fire, such as Lytle Creek and the mountain resort town of Wrightwood, which is dotted with apartments and small homes and has the highest housing density in the area.

Firefighters have centered efforts on Lone Pine Canyon Road, the back door into Wrightwood, in hopes of preventing the blaze from jumping over the ridge. Still, gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidity persist and could create the same challenges that have haunted crews since the fire broke out Tuesday.

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