(AP) – More than a half-dozen wildfires driven by powerful Santa Ana winds spread across Southern California Sunday.
The blazes killed one person in southeastern San Diego County and destroyed several homes and a church in Malibu.
No details were immediately available about the death, but authorities say four firefighters and at least 10 others have been injured.
The fire is among at least 10 blazes that are burning more than 20,000 acres, stretching from north of Santa Barbara to San Diego as hot weather and strong winds mark the height of the traditional wildfire season.
Fire officials say about 1,500 people have been evacuated in Malibu and five homes and two commercial buildings have been lost. No injuries are being reported.
Between 500 and 800 people have been evacuated and three people injured in northeastern Los Angeles County near Agua Dulce as a fire ran through 10,000 acres in just a few hours. 200-fifty firefighters are trying to get a handle on the flames and authorities say 10 buildings have been destroyed.