Lightning Sparks California Fires

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's office says lightning sparked as many as 400 fires yesterday in Northern California.

He's ordered the National Guard to help put them out. The fires range in size from less than an acre to more than 750. None of them posed an immediate threat to homes.

Another blaze south of San Francisco is nearing containment today. The fire shut down the scenic coastal highway for several hours yesterday, destroyed more than a dozen buildings and chased roughly 2,000 people from their homes.

Along the Southern California coast, firefighters are working against a nearly 80-square-mile fire in a remote part of the Los Padres National Forest. It's about 55-percent contained.

Elsewhere, more than 700 firefighters have battled blazes in New Mexico that have charred nearly 100 square miles, including more than 4,000 acres on a ranch owned by media mogul Ted Turner.

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