11 Aug 2013

California blaze burns on

4:54 pm on 11 August 2013

Firefighters in California are still battling to contain a wildfire that has burned huge tracts of land since Wednesday.

The so-called silver fire that is burning in mountains east of Los Angeles has injured at least six people.

At its peak the blaze forced 2000 people to evacuate their homes. Dozens of houses have been burned to the ground.

The fire has burned through dry bush, fanned by strong winds.

California's fire season is already almost twice as destructive as normal, the BBC reports. It has been made longer and more severe by lower than usual rainfall.

Wildfires are springing up all over the state, stretching the thousands of firefighters who have been mobilised to try to control the flames.