Hundreds of thousands of Californians were still without electricity due to preemptive blackouts as hot, windy conditions causing wildfires spread south toward Los Angeles, in a situation blasted as ‘unacceptable’ by the state's governor.
A California utility informed regulators that it was investigating whether a devastating wildfire near Malibu last month may have been caused by contact between a wire that provides pole support and a live wire.
Hundreds of firefighters were building barriers and constructing containment lines early on Friday to slow an approaching wildfire threatening to torch thousands of homes in a lakeside community southeast of Los Angeles.
A 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren were among six killed when a wildfire raged through an area of northern California and engulfed entire communities, officials and family members said.
A California wildfire that has killed two people and seared its way through cities, towns and wilderness northwest of Los Angeles became the largest blaze ever officially recorded in the US state of California on Friday, authorities said.