LIVE NOW: Southern California Wildfires Rage

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Authorities in California say their top priority is getting people out of the way as a number of wildfires burn across the region.

Thousands of people have sought shelter in schools, community centers and at fairgrounds. The largest gathering is at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, where evacuees are enjoying gourmet buffets and massages, but still anxiously watching television looking for news about their neighborhoods.

Still, the fires are spreading so quickly that some people have had to evacuate twice -- once from their homes, and again from hotels that had been serving as shelters.

Hot temperatures and high winds today are expected to make it even more difficult for crews to fight the flames. The Defense Department has agreed to send six Air Force and Air National Guard planes to help in the effort and drop water or flame retardant over the region.


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