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Firefighters Work to Contain California Forest Fires

Firefighters are working to contain forest fires in three California counties, but have shifted their focus to a new outbreak in northern Orange County, reported the Los Angeles Times.

More than 26,000 people were evacuated in the Triangle Complex fire and 3,500 structures remain in danger as firefighters focus in on the area.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in the three affected counties--Los Angeles, Orange, and Santa Barbara--reported the New York Times.

High winds have exacerbated fires that have devoured homes in upscale neighborhoods like Anaheim Hills. Rapper Snoop Dogg was among the evacuees in Diamond Bar as homes in his gated community, The Country, were threatened.

Officials predict winds will die down on Sunday, which will aid over 2,200 firefighters working across the area. The Tea fire, which broke out on Thursday in Montecito near Santa Barbara, was 75 percent contained and northwest of San Fernando Valley in the Sylmar area the Sayre fire was 40 percent contained.

Officials report a myriad of injuries but only one casualty--a 98-year-old man died as he was being evacuated.