Wildfires threaten residential areas north of Los Angeles

Wildfires burning north of Los Angeles have destroyed more than a dozen homes and threaten up to 1,500 more, leaving hundreds of residents scrambling for safety, according to reports Sunday.

The fire encompassed nearly 9,000 hectares near Santa Clarita, and was only 10 per cent contained as of Sunday morning, fire authorities reported. More than 1,600 firefighters are combating the blaze.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, but its spread has been spurred on by extreme summer heat and strong winds. A smoke cloud hung over much of Los Angeles.

The body of one man was found in a burned-out vehicle, KABC reported, and his cause of death remained under investigation.

At the end of June a severe brush fire about 175 kilometres north of Los Angeles destroyed more than 100 buildings.

Last update: Sun, 24/07/2016 - 20:32
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