Pow­er­ing inferno at the drive-in

The Sunday Times - - World - LOS AN­GE­LES

MORE than 1000 fire­fight­ers have bat­tled to stop a grow­ing south­ern Cal­i­for­nia for­est fire reach­ing homes in the foothills a day af­ter flames roared to new fe­roc­ity and came within me­ters of prop­er­ties.

Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown de­clared a state of emer­gency for Or­ange and River­side coun­ties as the fire carved its way along ridges in the Cleve­land Na­tional For­est.

Air­craft dropped fire re­tar­dant and home­own­ers sprayed their houses with wa­ter from gar­den hoses as the blaze south of Los An­ge­les gained strength pro­pelled by 30km/h gusts.

Hun­dreds more fire­fight­ers joined the ef­fort, bring­ing the to­tal to 1200. The fire, one of nearly 20 blazes across the State that have been burn­ing for weeks, has chewed through 72sqkm of dense shrub.

A res­i­dent of the small com­mu­nity of Holy Jim Canyon was sched­uled to ap­pear in court charged with de­lib­er­ately light­ing the Holy fire, named for the canyon where it started.

For­rest Clark, 51, is ac­cused of ar­son.

Front row: Sib­lings King and Princess Bass watch the Holy fire burn from the top of their par­ents' car Pic­ture: AP

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