Fire crews in southern California are getting a break from fierce winds, and gaining containment on several fires, but the scope and size of the destruction is still growing.
Date: 10/25/2007 07:26 PM
HEADLINE: California Wildfires: By the Numbers
CAPTION: Fire crews in southern California are getting a break from fierce winds, and gaining containment on several fires, but the scope and size of the destruction is still growing. (Oct. 25)
While the winds are easing in southern California -- the danger from the firestorm isn't.
Thousands of homes are still at risk, especially in San Diego County -- where fire crews are desperately trying to take advantage of improving weather conditions to gain containment.
Here's how things stand right now:
The massive Witch Fire in northern San Diego County is now 20-percent contained.
It's charred nearly 200-thousand acres -- and 645 homes.
Further south, the Harris fire is still 10-percent contained.
It's burned 155 structures. 2-thousand homes are at risk.
The biggest problem area outside of San Diego county is still in San Bernardino County where the Slide Fire -- and the Grass Valley Fire are threatening hundreds of homes near Lake Arrowhead.
The Slide fire has no containment.
The Grass Valley fire is 30-percent contained.
And some good news in Los Angeles County.
The massive Buckweed Fire is fully contained ..
So is the so-called Canyon fire -- which burned through the coastal areas near Malibu.
In total: 458-thousand acres have burned -- that's about 700 square miles.
About 15-hundred homes have been lost.
Another 28-thousand are still threatened.
26-people have been hurt -- along with 40 firefighters.
So far just one fire death -- however, five other deaths are fire-related.