Southern California Fire

Gusty Santa Ana winds continue to fan Southern California wildfires but forecasters say a change in the weather is coming.

The fire west of Los Angeles that killed two people flared again before sunrise today but the flames are devouring vegetation in rugged, uninhabited mountains.

The National Weather Service says winds will weaken and critical fire danger warnings will expire by evening.

Some evacuations remain in place but thousands of residents have been allowed to return home. An estimated 435 buildings have been counted destroyed so far and assessments are continuing.

The fire has scorched more than 152 square miles since last week and is 47 percent contained.

A new fire erupted late yesterday in the Fontana area of San Bernardino County but firefighters reported good progress overnight, holding the blaze to 147 acres.

Dawn Kamber