Wildfires in California

Another wildfire is forcing evacuations in California. Authorities have told residents of about 1,700 homes near Santa Barbara to leave. The blaze has grown to more than eight square miles and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency to free up resources to fight it. So far, it has torched about six outbuildings, a mobile home and several cars. Hundreds of wildfires are raging throughout the state. A volunteer firefighter who died in the hospital yesterday has become the season's first reported firefighter death in California. Meanwhile, firefighters are battling a massive wildfire that's threatening the coastal resort town of Big Sur. The town is usually packed with tourists this week, but has been largely abandoned amid the approaching flames from the 100-square-mile wildfire.


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