1,500+ flee CA wildfires

Firefighters battle blazes across the state as wildfires threaten and damage homes

BY ZACHARY HOFFMAN | LOS ANGELES | August 28, 2009


More than 1,000 people were forced to evacuate Wednesday night in the city of Rolling Hills, California in Ranchos Palos Verdes.

The 125-acre fire is now 70 percent contained, but the blaze has already damaged six houses and an outbuilding.

Inspector Frederic Stowers of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said that the evacuation order is still in effect and there is no prediction for complete containment. However, some areas are only under soft cosure, which means residents are able to return home to retrieve items.

“Fortunately we have no wind, which is a positive,” said David Sweet, meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS) in Los Angeles.

With temperatures peaking over 100 degrees and humidity in the single digits, fuels such as foliage can burn very rapidly, said Sweet.

Two other fires burning in Angeles National Forest have caused the evacuation of 500 homes in La Canada Flintridge.

A new fire in San Benito County, California threatens 100 residential structures and power lines that provide power to Northern San Luis County; no mandatory evacuations have been issued, but some residents are leaving as a precaution.

More than 3,500 firefighters are currently battling flames all over the state with no help from the warm, extremely dry weather that California has experienced the last few weeks.


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