Four forest fires in Southern California have been burning out of control since early on Friday (13 November ).
Four forest fires in Southern California have been burning out of control since early on Friday (13 November ). The risk of brush and forest fires is high at this time of year, particularly in Southern counties of the state where hot dry winds have heightened the danger of fresh outbreaks and hampered firefighting operations.
The fires began in the vicinity of San Bernardino National Forest, but later raged across the countryside devastating a large and popular resort around Big Bear Mountain.
The Smiley park community also fared badly, with 36 residences destroyed. Other nearby settlements have been under constant danger of destruction and more than 2,000 people have been evacuated from the district.
Throughout the risk area close to Los Angeles, firemen are using very technique and trick to quell the flames... so far without success. Governor Ronald Reagan has declared San Bernardino County a disaster area. Although the winds abated slightly on Saturday (14 November ), allowing better use of airborne firefighting tankers, the fires have continued on the rampage. The Big Bear fire, alone, has blackened more than 51,000 acres, and shown little sign of letting up.