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1. Various of aerials of wildfire burning in forest
2. Aerial of plane releasing fire retardant
3. Aerial of fire burning in forest
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4. Wide of clouds of smoke from fire over steep San Jacinto Mountains
5. Wide of helicopter with bucket underneath
6. Wide of helicopter on ground
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Zac Maring, National Forest fire spokesman:
"Our main focus - we have the majority of our personnel doing work over on this side, the town of Idyllwild is over there. So right now we have Hotshot crews and engines in that area putting in a hand line (containment trench)."
8. Helicopter with bucket flies away
9. Wide of heli-base, helicopter coming into land
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Zac Maring, National Forest fire spokesman:
"We have really high winds at 15,000 feet. That could cause the embers from the fire, from all the fuel going up so fast to be pushed a mile, half a mile away, which could cause spot fires and potentially cause other fires around the area."
11. Wide of smoke clouds over rugged mountains, zoom in
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Zac Maring, National Forest fire spokesman:
"This right here is considered heli-base. At this time, all the helicopters will land, they'll fuel, they do all the maintenance in this area. The majority of the helicopters that you see in the air are doing bucket drops, they are hauling water from Hemet Lake to the fire itself, to the line."
13. Smoke on ridge, orange fire retardant on rocks
A Southern California wildfire that forced 6,000 people to flee is now more than 35 square miles (90.6 square km) in size, and fingers of flame are sweeping along mountain ridges near Palm Springs.
The US Forest Service says the fire has gained thousands of acres and was only 15 percent contained on Thursday morning.
Crews plan to carve containment lines around the town of Idyllwild, 100 miles (161 kilometres) southeast of Los Angeles, to keep the fast-moving wildfire from sweeping over it.
"Our main focus - we have the majority of our personnel doing work over on this side, the town of Idyllwild is over there. So right now we have Hotshot crews and engines in that area putting in a hand line," said Zac Maring, a National Forest spokesman.
Maring said the high winds could cause burning embers to spark "spot" fires in the area.
The fire in the San Jacinto Mountains has destroyed at least six houses and mobile homes and 16 other buildings.
Some 4,100 homes, hotels, condos and cabins in Idyllwild and surrounding communities are threatened.
Nearly 3,000 firefighters and 17 aircraft will be fighting the blaze in 100-degree (Fahrenheit) heat (37.7 degrees Celsius).