Posted: Sep 1, 2009 5:25 AM by Associated Press
Smoke is billowing around the iconic Hollywood sign as firefighters in Southern California struggle to contain a massive blaze.
The deadly fire has mowed down more than 50 homes and is burning dangerously close to a vital mountaintop broadcasting complex.
The blaze is blamed for the death of two firefighters whose truck drove off the side of a road with flames all around them. Three people who refused to evacuate have been burned. Officials now say five other people who were reported to be trapped by the flames aren't in any immediate danger.
The blaze in the Los Angeles foothills is the biggest but not most destructive of California's wildfires. Northeast of Sacramento, a wind-driven fire destroyed 60 structures over the weekend, many of them homes in the town of Auburn.