AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In San Diego County, authorities placed evacuation calls to more than 346,000 homes, said Luis Monteagudo, a spokesman for the county’s emergency effort. Based on census tracts, the county estimates that approximately 560,000 people were ordered to leave, said Ron Roberts, chairman of the San Diego Board of Supervisors. Fires in the San Bernardino Mountains forced the evacuation of entire communities surrounding the resort area of Lake Arrowhead. Thousands of people, including hospital patients, were forced to flee advancing flames that leaped through the mountains, burning one home after another, destroying at least 425 and threatening as many as 10,000 more, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gina Sampson. Together, the Slide Fire and the Grass Valley Fire destroyed at least 300 homes in the San Bernardino Mountains and left fire officials concerned of a repeat performance of the Old Fire of 2003 that burned down the hillside into the city of San Bernardino. Mandatory evacuations were called from Crestline to Snow Valley – a 19-mile stretch of two-lane road that runs along the rim of the mountains. • For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. SAN DIEGO – Deadly, wind-whipped wildfires have triggered the largest evacuation in state history, prompting more than 500,000 people to flee ahead of flames that destroyed more than 1,800 homes and continued Tuesday to threaten tens of thousands more. The number of people joining the mandatory exodus – and the number of homes destroyed – was expected to grow as new fires started and others continued to burn a path toward the sea through populated communities. “This is the largest mass evacuation of a natural disaster in California history,” said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “We’re in the midst of a real dogfight to save as many structures as we can,” Steve Seltzner, U.S. Forest Service battalion chief, said around 12:30 p.m. in Running Springs. “We’re losing structures even as we speak.” The concern later turned to Highland, where voluntary evacuations were called early Tuesday afternoon. Officials feared the Slide Fire would burn down the mountains and into the eastern part of the city. In Orange County, a fire chief lashed out at state officials, saying air support, such as tankers, might have helped control fires early on, before they burned homes, if it had been available. It wasn’t because so many fires struck California almost simultaneously beginning last weekend. “There is not enough resources to go around … because of the number of fires that are going on in our state right now,” said Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather. He said a dozen firefighters battling blazes in the Irvine and Lake Forest areas had to deploy emergency shelters, a last resort when they are surrounded by flames, or take cover in buildings. “They should not have had to do that,” he said. “If we’d had the resources earlier to take care of those lines with hand crews, we wouldn’t have been in that situation.” Prather’s comments came minutes before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, touring fire damage in Lake Arrowhead, promised more help, including more people and equipment. When asked about the fire chief’s critical remarks, the governor said: “I’m not aware of that.” Berlant defended his agency’s actions, saying it had gone on high alert late last week and shifted resources to the San Diego area in advance of the forecasted Santa Ana winds. On Tuesday, the fire agency took the additional step of suspending the closing of fire season in Northern California, a maneuver allowing it to send virtually every state fire engine, some from as far as 800 miles away, to battle the Southern California fires. Caravans of fire engines could be seen rolling down Interstate 5 more than 500 miles and a day’s drive from the closest blaze. Meanwhile, in San Diego County, site of the only death so far, another 530 homes were reported damaged. Besides the one person killed by the flames, the San Diego medical examiner’s officer listed four deaths as connected to the wildfires. Three were people in their 90s who died from natural causes; the fourth was a woman who died after falling at a restaurant. All are considered fire-connected deaths because they occurred during or after evacuations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Collins sacked by Bradford, who could announce a successor on Tuesday (image courtesy of bradfordcityfc.co.uk) impact Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off REPLY Latest EFL news Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack “The decision is based on an unsatisfactory start to the season and performances not being good enough. We anticipated a much better start and the results have not matched expectations.“We have acted swiftly to appoint a new head coach who we believe will take us towards achieving our goals this season and beyond.“We care massively about this football club and believe this decision has been made at the right time, with everything very much to play for.“We are now looking forward to naming our new head coach and moving forward, together, in a positive manner.” EFL result Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ROUND-UP 1 stalemate Michael Collins has been sacked by Bradford City just seven games into his reign with the Bantams.In a shock move, the club have announced in a statement they would reveal his successor as soon as Tuesday. Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place goalless CONFUSION Macclesfield set for further EFL sanctions after Plymouth match is called off The 32-year-old only took charge of the League One club in the summer but was let get go after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Fleetwood.Collins was promoted from his position as a youth team coach to replace Simon Grayson as Bantams boss in June.His reign started with a 1-0 win at Shrewsbury but the Bantams lost four of their next five league games and were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Macclesfield on penalties.Chairman Edin Rahic told the club’s website: “(Co-owner) Stefan (Rupp) and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael for the work he has done for the club. Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues