California wildfires destroy homes and cause evacuations
Chaotic strong winds blew wildfires all over Southern California on Saturday, burning 500 mobile homes and forcing thousands of homeowners to flee, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The worst fire, the Sayre Fire, burned through Sylmar, on the edge of the Angeles National Forest near the San Gabriel Mountains, causing the evacuation of 10,000 people and shutting down major freeways.
By the end of the day, Freeway Fire in Orange and Riverside counties destroyed more homes as it burned out of control.
On Sunday, residents of Southern California were urged to leave their homes, despite calming winds that gave time for an aerial attack on the strong wildfires, the Associated Press reported.
Overall, fires burned in Los Angeles County, to the east in Riverside and Orange counties, and northwest in Santa Barbara County. More than 800 homes were destroyed by fires that have burned more than 34 square miles since Thursday.
"This has been a very tough few days for the people of Southern California," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said after touring damage.
The governor declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles.
No deaths have been reported, and by Sunday afternoon, no bodies had been found.