March 12, 2007
A brushfire fuelled by strong winds and dry vegetation has scorched thousands of acres of land in California's Orange County. At least 500 families were forced to evacuate their homes in the area and some three houses caught fire. The fire broke out in the Anaheim Hills area of California, some 35 miles (56km) southeast of Los Angeles. More than 800 firefighters have been deployed but the high winds, reaching speeds of 35mph (56km/h) were making their task difficult. The fire appears to have been started by a burning car, and quickly got out of control amid record-breaking heat, severe drought, extremely low humidity and steady unseasonal Santa Ana winds.