Wildfires Rage Across Western US, but Homes Mostly Spared

fire usa{VOA NEWS/LOS ANGELES} — For days, wildfires have raged amid spiking heat across Southern California and much of the West, driving hundreds of people from their homes.

Yet homes have overwhelmingly remained safe so far, after aggressive and strategic firefighting and a dose of luck.

In the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles, a major wildfire gave a major scare to homeowners when it broke out within feet of residential streets.

But a day later, firefighters had stopped its progress with bombardment from helicopters and crews hiking into the hills to douse it and cut fire lines.

“They are working so hard, it’s excruciating with the heat, and up and down these hills, they’re steep,” LA County fire Capt. Mike McCormick said.

Homeowner Gordon Witby said Tuesday he couldn’t believe how close the flames had been to his house in Duarte a day earlier, and how calm the scene was now. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.