7. Various of firefighters raking up leaves and debris
8. Firefighters mapping out route of fire
9. Close of map
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sergio Sanchez, Santa Barbara County Fire Department:
"Some of the fuel has burned, but hasn't burned real clean so there is a lot of fuel that could still burn again. And although the fire has already burned through here it could absolutely burn again which makes our job that much more dangerous."
11. Burnt out house and chimney
12. Charred exercise bicycle
13. Truck burnt out to shell
14. Pan of roadblock with smokey plumes in hills
15. Unidentified woman crying after being informed her home has burned down
16. Residents hugging at roadblock
17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mark Kedik, Pioneer Town resident:
"They started crying and telling us our house is gone. My wife and I had just semi-retired. I don't have a job, and I don't have a home now. I never thought it would happen to me, to be homeless and jobless, never."
18. Burnt out homes
19. Debris and burnt out grills
20. SOUNDBITE: (English) Wally Ross, Pioneer Town resident:
"This place behind me was a friend of mine's. We grew up together so I spent a lot of time here. But yes I am a permanent resident, yes, and my home is down below so I am one of the lucky ones."
A wildfire that has already burned 40-thousand acres and destroyed one hundred buildings across California, roared through high desert wilderness on Thursday, threatening to merge with a fire in national forest land filled with dead, dry trees.
The blaze, about five miles (eight kilometres) from a 1,200-acre fire in the forest, was mainly consuming fast-burning fuel such as greasewood, Joshua trees and brush.
If it expands from the high desert to the mountains, it could grow more devastating by burning (m) millions of larger trees killed in recent years by a severe bark beetle infestation.
The fire, ignited by weekend lightning, destroyed 42 houses, 55 other buildings and 91 vehicles in and around Yucca Valley, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) east of Los Angeles, authorities said.
As of Thursday morning, it was considered only about one-fourth contained and thousands of structures remained threatened.
Firefighters were busy clearing away brush, in a hope to head off re-ignition of flames that have already passed by.
The blaze sent a column of smoke thousands of feet into the air.
About 1,350 firefighters were battling the larger fire in triple-digit temperatures and strong wind gusts.
Nine firefighters and two civilians were treated for minor burns or smoke inhalation.
Evacuees from Pioneertown were not allowed to return to their homes, with many gathering at the roadblocks leading to the settlement.
Dozens tearfully learned that their homes had been burned to the ground.
Pioneertown is a historic area where Westerns starring Gene Autry and Roy Rogers were filmed, but the fire spared saloons and Western style store fronts used in those movies.
Wildfires have burned more than 4 (m) million acres across the US, almost twice the 10-year average for this time of year, according to US National Interagency Fire Centre.