Residents in southern California are being warned to brace themselves for more hot and windy weather that is stoking a dozen wildfires. States of emergency have been declared in seven counties. One person has died in San Diego and thousands have been forced to flee their homes in towns such as Malibu and Ramona. Fire chiefs say there is no sign of a let-up.
“We have every reason to believe the weather conditions are going to remain pretty much as they are for the next couple of days,” said
Sam Padilla, the Los Angeles County Fire Inspector. “We’re not looking for any breaks in the weather. That’s the bad news.”
Numerous properties, including a castle and a church, have been destroyed, but exact figures have not yet been released. As well as one death, at least 17 people are reported to have been injured.
Many of the fires have engulfed areas that are home to the rich and famous.