MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- The fire chief in Los Angeles County says the fire blazing in the Malibu area could burn for at least two or three more days.
And he says "thousands of homes" will be threatened at one time or another.
It's believed the fire that destroyed several homes and a church yesterday was sparked by a downed power line. The area has been whipped by fierce Santa Ana winds.
The Malibu fire is one of a dozen raging from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency last night for seven Southern California counties.
More than 35,000 acres have burned and one person has been killed.
Authorities have ordered evacuations in Ramona, a community of about 36,000 in San Diego County.