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WILDFIRE BATTLE FOR L.A.

A JUMBO jet drops fire retardant on wildfires around Los Angeles that are threatening up to 12,000 homes.

US Forest Service Commander Mike Dietrich said: "This is a very angry fire that we're fighting rightnow.

"I'm not overly optimistic but at the same time, our firefighters are going to be taking every action to keep this fire from causing more destruction."

Fuelled by hot weather and dense, dry brush, the blaze doubled in size in a day to spread over 134 sq miles (347 sq km) of forest.

Californian fire crews set backfires and sprayed fire retardant near Mount Wilson, home to at least 20 television transmission towers, radio and cell phone antennas and the 100-year-old Mount Wilson Observatory.

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VISION OF HELL: Firefighter battles flames
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Date:Sep 2, 2009
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