California Wildfires Out of Control

By: Staff report
By: Staff report

The fires have destroyed at least 780 homes and caused at least thirteen deaths.

The flames have forced thousands of people from their homes, triggered power outages and halted rail, road and air traffic.

There are currently eight major wildfires burning in Southern California. We want to update you now on the five largest fires.

* The Cedar Fire, burning in San Diego County, has now destroyed 100,000 acres and 250 homes. Eleven people have died in that fire.

* The Paradise Fire, burning in the Valley Center Area, has destroyed more than 3,000 acres and 36 homes. One person died in that fire.

* The Grand Prix Fire is burning near the San Bernardino National Forest and has destroyed 35,000 acres and 62 homes.

* The 15,000 acre Old Fire is also burning near the San Bernardino National Forest. That fire has destroyed 300 homes and killed two people.

* Finally, the Simi Valley fire has scorched 80,000 acres and destroyed six homes.

And, Interstate 15 is closed where it meets Interstate 215, between the cities Ontario and Riverside.

The Cedar Fire forced the evacuation of the Federal Aviation Administration control center in San Diego, which is causing flight delays across the nation, including right here in Reno.


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