Firefighters have made progress against the wildfire raging in Los Angeles, the largest in LA County's history. Two people are dead, 64 homes have been destroyed and fire officials worry that shifting winds could drive the blaze in new directions.
Firefighters have taken advantage of a turn in the weather to launch a fight back against the wildfires devastating the region. Despite this change for the better, officials warned that it was too early to believe that they had the upper hand.
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The six-day-old wildfire burning out of control in the forestland around Los Angeles has doubled in size, forcing 10,000 residents to leave their homes. Authorities estimate the blaze will not be brought under control until September 15.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for two southern counties over four separate wildfires that have "burned approximately 13 thousand acres" in the state of California, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.
A state of emergency was called for Santa Cruz County in southern California, where wildfires have been burning for three days, forcing up to 2,400 people to evacuate. The fire was "far from over", warned the state's governor on Friday.