Thanks to calmer winds, some progress is being
made on the front lines of the battle against the southern
Three major fires in Los Angeles County were fully contained as
of last night and several smaller fires north of San Diego are
But six large fires in San Diego County are still almost
unchecked and they threaten more than 8,500 houses.
Property damage just in San Diego County totals over a billion
dollars. At least 1,500 homes across southern California have been
reduced to smoldering ruins.
FBI teams are aiding local authorities trying to determine
whether any of the large fires were intentionally set. A man has
been booked for investigation of arson for allegedly starting a
small fire in the San Bernardino Mountains. Police don't know if
he's connected to any of the bigger ones.
President Bush has declared a major disaster and will get a look