Fire Emergency Declared in San Bernardino County
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino County, where two wildfires are threatening nearly 3,000 homes.
The governor made the announcement as he toured the county east of Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Los Angeles, Monterey, Mariposa and Placer counties already have emergency declarations because of fires.
In San Bernardino County, about 2,100 people have been ordered evacuated from 900 homes in Yucaipa (yoo-KYE'-puh). The size of the mandatory evacuation doubled Tuesday as rising winds drove flames within a quarter-mile of houses.
The 640-acre blaze was 45 percent contained.
A few miles away, the 1,013-acre Oak Glen fire was 40 percent contained. It's threatening about 2,000 homes.