Fires Burning Out of Control in California

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Two new wildfires have erupted in California's San Diego County.

Another fire in the area prompted officials to order the town of Ramona to be evacuated earlier today. Officials say several structures on the edge of town have been burned.

One person died in a fire near San Diego. Four firefighters and at least 10 other people were hospitalized.

There are nearly a dozen wildfires scorching parts of Southern California.

In Malibu, about 700 firefighters are working to protect hundreds of homes. Several houses, along with a church, have been destroyed.

Officials in Malibu say the fire is expected to burn for another two or three days. And they say thousands of homes will be threatened until the blaze is extinguished.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in seven Southern California counties.


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