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Friday, 4 September 2009

Dangerous World - Californian Wildfires


Emergency crews in California say they are optimistic they can control an intense wildfire that has been burning since Wednesday north of Los Angeles.


The blaze has spread over 190 sq miles (492 sq km), destroying 53 buildings and threatening 12,000 more - causing damage already estimated at $13m (£8m).


The huge wildfire which has devastated a large area north of Los Angeles was started deliberately, say the authorities in California.


A homicide investigation has been launched as two fire fighters were killed tackling the blaze, known as the Station Fire.


The fire covers nearly 150,000 acres - the largest in the county's history.


For maps, pictures, video footage and eyewitness accounts via the BBC News website click here

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