At least 250,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes as 100,000 acres of Southern California burn in several wildfires, according to the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger, who has already declared a state of emergency, said at a press conference that California is working with Arizona and Nevada to arrange additional firefighting support. The dry weather and wind, he said, has made the entire state vulnerable to wildfires.
"First we have to pray that the wind slows down because the wind is the number one enemy right now,” Schwarzenneger said.
The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Services, meanwhile, has requested four Blackhawk helicopters equipped with firefighting equipment from the California National Guard. The Nevada National Guard has pledged an additional helicopter.