From: Mary Milliken, Reuters
Published August 29, 2009 10:21 AM

Los Angeles Wildfires Fueled by Heat

Firefighters battling four wildfires around Los Angeles saved hundreds of homes in an affluent coastal community but struggled against a larger fire coming down the mountains toward another exclusive suburb.

With temperatures in excess of 100 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius), flames flared above La Canada Flintridge, where nearly 900 homes were under voluntary evacuation, 1,500 acres had burned and containment was zero percent.

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Columns of fire and smoke towered behind NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory but the sprawling complex, 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles, did not appear to be in danger.

"It is very active but hasn't reached the neighborhoods yet," said Gabriel Alvarez of the U.S. Forest Service.

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