9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gray Davis, California governor:
"I want to do everything I can, along with these gentlemen, President Bush, Governor-elect Schwarzenegger, to get money in the hands of people who've suffered losses from these terrible fires, so they can go on with their lives."
South of Julian, San Diego County
10. Tilt up from stairway to house burning
11. Wide shot flames, zoom in to home burning
12. Mid shot home burning, zoom to close-up
Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County
13. Firefighter looking on as flames approach neighbourhood
14. Close up flames
15. Pan across wall of fire closing in on neighborhood
Location Unknown, California
16. Television satellite truck, still burning after crew was forced to leave it in path of fire
Wildfires in the US state of California continued to rage on Wednesday.
So far blazes have spread across 621,000 acres, killing16 people and destroying more than 1,800 homes.
Wind-driven flames from the Pico Canyon fire in northern Los Angeles have leapt across the Interstate Five, the only continuous north-south Interstate highway through California.
Homes at Stevenson Ranch - a four-thousand-acre planned development - are being evacuated.
Flames are as high as 50 feet behind some homes.
In San Diego County, firefighters were trying to save the town of Julian on Wednesday. Flames have already destroyed dozens of houses south of the town.
In Santa Clarita, nervous residents watched as flames engulfed the mountains surrounding their homes.
A crew from a Los Angeles Television station covering the fire had to be rescued by firefighters after their satellite truck broke down and fire closed in on them.
The crew was saved, but the truck was burnt out.
The hot wind that has been driving California's most destructive wildfires on record was giving way to cooler, more humid conditions on Wednesday, but that did little to tame the blazes as crews fought to save more homes.
Dense morning fog mixed with the heavy smoke hung over San Diego, but an expected change in wind direction was likely to push fires in new, dangerous directions.
At least 10 fires have burned in a span from northwest of Los Angeles south to the Mexican border. Some were believed to have been started by arsonists. One fire, called the Cedar Fire, was ignited by a lost hunter's signal fire.
More than 13,600 firefighters and support crew were on the lines of what may be the costliest disaster California has ever faced. Losses are thought to have amounted to 2 billion (b) US dollars.