The declarations issued Thursday state that hot temperatures, erratic wind and low humidity have increased the spread of both fires.
The fire was the largest of at least five that police believe were purposely set Wednesday by a man whose auto was reportedly spotted at the starting point of the blaze in Riverside County, officials said.
Evacuations were ordered in Mountain Center along McGaugh Road and McCall Park Road after the fire jumped Highway 243 near Idyllwild Grinding Facility, the Forest Service said via Twitter.
The Carr Fire is "taking down everything in its path", he says.
The previous day, at least five residences were destroyed.
"The fire is moving so fast that law enforcement is doing evacuations as fast as we can".
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Brandon McGlover, 32, will appear in court today accused of setting a massive blaze that engulfed 4,700 acres of countryside, as well as four other fires.
"We had one guest who planned a weeklong trip", said Tom Lambert, who owns a vacation rental property near Yosemite Valley.
The fire was being fuelled by timber, brush and chaparral as high as six feet, and it was only 5 percent contained by mid afternoon on Thursday local time.
The park itself is not in imminent danger, but the areas are being used for fire operations and are also filled with unhealthy amounts of smoke.
Officials were hoping to stem its progress Thursday by putting as many air tankers and helicopters in the air to attack the blaze as possible, especially as it was heading into steeper terrain, Beyer said.
The hamlet of French Gulch that dates to the Gold Rush era was evacuated after a vehicle problem ignited the blaze on Monday.