More fires, homes evacuated

LOS ANGELES - WILDFIRES erupted up and down California as a late summer siege of heat and low humidity levels made conditions ripe for conflagrations.

Structures could be seen burning on Thursday in the wealthy communities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula south of Los Angeles, while suburbs on the foothills to the north of the city were threatened by a slumbering fire that suddenly roared to life in the evening hours.

Dozens of homes were evacuated in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County fire Inspector Steve Zermeno said.

TV news footage showed structures on fire and at least one entirely engulfed in flames. Fire officials could not confirm if any structures or homes had been damaged or destroyed.

In Monterey County, in the central coastal region of the state, 100 homes were evacuated about four miles (6 1/2 kilometres) from the community of Soledad, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt James Dellamonica said.

The other major battles in Southern California were in the San Gabriel Mountains as firefighters struggled to keep flames from topping ridges and surging into a wider area of the sprawling Angeles National Forest northeast of downtown Los Angeles, where the temperature hit 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37.2 Celsius) before noon. -- AP


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