Fire Update (Until Joe Gets Back)

UPDATED AGAIN: ‘We can’t stop it’ – Officials all but concede defeat to wildfires as estimated 1 million evacuate

SAN DIEGO – Faced with unrelenting winds whipping wildfires into a frenzy across Southern California, firefighters conceded defeat on many fronts Tuesday to an unstoppable force that has chased an estimated 1 million people away.

Unless the shrieking Santa Ana winds subside, and that’s not expected for at least another day, fire crews say they can do little more than try to wait it out and react — tamping out spot fires and chasing ribbons of airborne embers to keep new fires from flaring.

“If it’s this big and blowing with as much wind as it’s got, it’ll go all the way to the ocean before it stops,” said San Diego Fire Capt. Kirk Humphries. “We can save some stuff but we can’t stop it.”

MSNBC: Area larger than New York City now in flames; smaller blazes merging; Bush declares federal emergency.

Author: HOLLY IN CINCINNATI, Copy Editor

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