1 500 homes threatened in LA wildfire

The remains smoulder of a burned home near Santa Clarita. (Matt Hartman, AP)
The remains smoulder of a burned home near Santa Clarita. (Matt Hartman, AP)

Los Angeles - Authorities say 18 homes have been destroyed and an additional 1 500 are threatened as crews battle a massive wildfire in wooded canyons north of Los Angeles.

The blaze has blackened more than 88km² of dry brush withered by days of scorching heat on the edge of the Angeles National Forest. It was just 10% contained on Sunday.

Fire spokesperson Lisa Lugo says 18 homes were gutted and one was damaged on Saturday after evacuations were ordered.

Authorities say the body of a man was discovered in a burned car outside a home in Santa Clarita. The death is under investigation, but sheriff's officials say there's no evidence it was a crime.

Shifting winds are sending smoke from the fire away from greater Los Angeles and into desert communities, where residents are being warned about poor air quality.


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