Crews Struggle to Make Progress Against California Wildfire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A spokesman for the firefighting effort says any progress that's being made against a wildfire in a rugged Southern California mountain range is being erased by the fire's rapid expansion.

It's now estimated at 15 ½ square miles, after growing about six square miles overnight. Some of the 1,500 residents who had to leave their homes say the fast-moving flames didn't give them much time to get out. One woman said she was rushing to pack belongings when firefighters arrived at her home. She ended up leaving with only her pet cockatiel in its cage, and a bag of important papers.

The flames are threatening as many as 600 homes. The battle to control the flames involves a thousand firefighters, 13 helicopters and six air tankers.

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