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Crews battle 11 major California wildfires amid drought, heat wave

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National ForestBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battled nearly a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced hundreds of people to flee, destroyed dozens of homes and structures and charred thousands of acres of forest land left bone dry by the state's record drought.The most destructive of the 11 blazes, the Courtney Fire, quickly blackened 320 acres east of Yosemite after it erupted on Sunday, burning several homes to the ground, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. ...

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:31:21 -0400
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