A break in the weather has given firefighters the chance to bring the wildfires in southern California under control. Officials say the Santa Ana winds, which fuelled the spread of the flames are beginning to die out. Some 15 fires still rage, but the emergency services believe that the worst is behind them.
The fires which broke out over the weekend, have blackened about 2,000 square kilometers, claimed eight lives and injured dozens of people, mainly firefighters. As many as one million people have been displaced with many losing everything. Authorities say FBI agents are on the streets to prevent looting as investigations into the cause of the Santiago blaze continue. One arson suspect has already been shot by police although the victim has not been connected to any major blaze.