Jun 27, 2016

Fire crews making inroads against deadly California wildfire

Lake Isabella, CA
USA
by
Scott Smith and Christine Armario
,
Associated Press
Photo: Associated Press
Photo: Associated Press

Fire crews are making inroads against a raging wildfire in central California that has claimed two lives and destroyed 200 homes.

Officials said about 2,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, which tore through many homes belonging to retirees on fixed incomes.

"Most people here, this is all they had," said Daniel O'Brien, 53, who lost two rental mobile homes. "You have these moments where you just want to breakdown crying and fall apart."

Federal fire officials said Sunday evening that containment on the 68-square-mile blaze increased from 10 percent to 40 percent.

The death toll stood at two, but officials warned that it might rise