1. Wide shot of helicopter dropping water on fire zone
2. Brush fire area
3. Wide shot of helicopter dropping water on fire zone
4. Wide shot of firefighters watching water drop
5. Close shot of firefighter
6. Water drop on fire zone
7. Wide shot of helicopter over fire zone
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Captain Mark Whaling, Los Angeles County fire fighter:
"You have the air show, with the helicopters dropping water or retardant depending upon what's needed at that location. And then you have the hand crews. Hand crews at the top are going to work their way down. We've got hand crews at the bottom. They're going to work their way up and they're hopefully going to pinch it off."
9. Helicopter picking up water
10. Close shot of helicopter carrying water
13. Map, pullout to close shot of firefighters
14. Close shot of firefighters discussing firefighting operations
16. Fire truck pulling away
17. Wide shot of burned out area
18. Close shot of burnt tyre
19. Wide shot of burned out area
20. SOUNDBITE: (English) Captain Mark Whaling, Los Angeles County fire fighter:
"If that wind comes up it has the potential to blow fire embers down below where the crews are working and cause the fire to flare up again."
21. Close shot of water bucket connected to helicopter being filled in pond
22. Wide shot of helicopter hovering over pond
23. Helicopter flying away
24. Wide shot of homes near fire zone
25. Home near fire zone
26. Wide shot of helicopter dropping water over fire zone
Firefighters near Los Angeles used water-dropping helicopters to help beat back a stubborn wildfire burning 30 miles (48 km) north of the city.
Local fire officials say the foothill fire burning near the city of Santa Clarita is now approximately 39 per cent contained, after scorching more than five-thousand acres of parched brush land over the weekend.
More than 1,500 firefighters were battling the foothill fire, with three treated at hospital for minor injuries.
Fire crews were working along a mountain ridge on Monday morning to prevent a flare up along the front lines where the fire was halted.
They were working to save hundreds of homes threatened by the stubborn wildfire that broke out in tinder-dry brush and raced over hillsides and through canyons in northern Los Angeles County.
Although no structures have been lost, nearly 1,600 homes have been evacuated since the fire began on Saturday.
The fire was ignited when a hawk flew into a power line, was electrocuted and its flaming body fell into brush left dry by years of little rain.
The foothill fire was one of several burning across more than 40,000 acres of California from eastern San Diego County to Yosemite National Park.