SoCal wildfire threatens another 700 homes

Oct. 26, 2003 at 3:02 PM
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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A state of emergency was declared in Southern California where 200 homes have been destroyed by wildfires that still threaten additional structures.

Gov. Gray Davis' declaration Sunday puts the National Guard on alert to assist if officials in San Bernardino County need the increased manpower and equipment. Davis is also seeking a federal disaster declaration from the White House.

The combined Grand Prix and Old Waterman fires in San Bernardino merged overnight into a 50,000-acre monster inferno that threatens some 900 other homes and businesses. More than 40,000 people have been evacuated.

Fires also are sill a potential threat to around 2,000 structures in the Simi Valley area north of Los Angeles.

Weather forecasters warn that Sunday is shaping up to be another hot, dry day with dangerously strong Santa Ana winds that have been keeping aircraft grounded and are expected to blow into Monday.

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