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LA area wildfire prompts state of emergency

Friday, Jan 17, 2014 - 01:23

Jan. 17 - More than a thousand firefighters continue to fight a massive wildfire near Los Angeles that has burned 1,700 acres and destroyed at least five homes. Linda So reports.

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A massive wildfire still rages on the foothills above Glendora, California, a suburb near Los Angeles. Officials there have declared a state of emergency to help those who have been forced to evacuate. SOUNDBITE: RESIDENT LOUIS RICE, SAYING: "It started off with a couple of little embers. Thought we were safe. But I really don't know right now." More than 1,100 firefighters are battling the intense flames that have scorched 1,700 acres and destroyed at least five homes and 17 buildings. Officials say it'll be a few days before the fire is fully contained. They're keeping an eye on Santa Ana winds that have fueled the fire since it began on Thursday. SOUNDBITE: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TEAM 3 INCIDENT COMMANDER MIKE WAKOWSKI, SAYING: "We're always worried about the Santa Ana winds coming up. They're supposed to die off a little and then they're supposed to come back. So we're working real hard. We've got a lot of resources here to get this thing pinned down." Fire crews are scrambling to keep the flames from spreading to communities near L.A. So far, the wildfire is 30% contained. SOUNDBITE: L.A. COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT INCIDENT COMMANDER DAVID RICHARDSON, SAYING: "Overnight, crews were able to work in and around the structures and put out any hot spots, and again, that effort will continue throughout the day to make that a safe area." At least a thousand people are still under evacuation orders. SOUNDBITE: RESIDENT LISA ELOFSON, SAYING: "I was pretty nervous, especially when it started coming over the ridge. I kind of freaked out, actually." Police have arrested three suspects, they're accused of starting the fire by throwing paper in a campfire.

LA area wildfire prompts state of emergency

Friday, Jan 17, 2014 - 01:23

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