Wildfires raging in Southern California have forced the evacaution of more than 500,000 people in sporadic areas from Los Angeles to San Diego.
Six people have died, almost 40 have been injured, and more than 1,000 homes have been lost in the blazes, the
Los Angeles Times
reported. More than 400,000 acres have been burned.
The White House has declared a state of emergency in California, and President Bush will visit the state Thursday.
As many as 10,000 people have sought refuge in San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego officials have ordered 346,000 homes evacuated.
More than 1,000 National Guard members and Marines from Camp Pendleton have been called in to help with the emergency.