Wednesday, October 24, 2007

165,000 hectares burned in California

Firefighters from across the western United States continue efforts to contain massive wildfires in southern California. Forecasters say the strong winds, commonly known as the Santa Ana winds, should let up Wednesday, giving firefighters a better chance at putting out the fires.

The wildfires have destroyed nearly 1,500 buildings and forced more than half a million people to flee their homes.

Hot, dry winds are spreading the fires, which have burned more than 165,000 hectares, from Los Angeles in the north to the Mexican border south of San Diego.

According to Arnold Schwarzenegger, at least 68,000 homes remain at risk.

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