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Over 250,000 urged to flee Calif. fires
« on: October 22, 2007, 06:30:02 pm »


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Over 250,000 urged to flee Calif. fires

By ALLISON HOFFMAN and GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writers 16 minutes ago

Wildfires blown by fierce desert winds raced across Southern California with terrifying speed Monday, reducing scores of homes to ashes, leading to calls for more than a quarter-million people to flee and even leaping a 10-lane freeway in a matter of minutes.

At least one person was killed in the fires, and dozens were injured. Nearly 130 homes burned and thousands more were threatened as more than a dozen blazes formed a hellish, spidery pattern of luminous orange covering at least 310 square miles of the drought-stricken region.

"The sky was just red. Everywhere I looked was red, glowing. Law enforcement came barreling in with police cars with loudspeakers telling everyone to get out now," said Ronnie Leigh, 55, who fled her home at a mobile home park as flames darkened the sky over the nearby ridge line.

Firefighters who lost valuable time trying to persuade stubborn homeowners to leave were almost completely overwhelmed as gale-force winds gusting to 70 mph scattered embers on the dry brush. California officials pleaded for help from fire departments in other states.

A pair of wildfires consumed 128 homes in the mountain resort community of Lake Arrowhead, in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles, authorities said.

"We're stretched very thin and we can't get any planes up," said forest spokesman John Miller.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071022/ap_on_re_us/california_wildfires;_ylt=Aj8xUcmvqDMG.NcfSEFlwASs0NUE

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