Urgent Aid Request for California Fire Victims

By: AP
By: AP
Officials want help for fire victims, and President-Elect Obama is urging all of his website viewers to offer their help, too.

A U.S. forest service firefighter battles towering flames burning along Little Tugunga Road, in the Angeles National Forest, about 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday Oct. 12, 2008. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Ron Haralson says the blaze has charred up to 750 acres in the rugged area of Little Tujunga Canyon. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

LOS ANGELES - California officials are making the case for helping wildfire victims.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah)
says President-elect Barack Obama has contacted him to offer what
help he could. And Obama's campaign Web site home page is asking
visitors to consider doing want they can to help.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked the Bush administration
to declare Southern California a federal disaster site. He's also
wants disaster loans for affected counties.
Three Southern California fires have destroyed about 1,000 homes
and apartments and burned 64 square miles. The causes of all three
fires are under investigation, although officials say one blaze was
``human-caused.'


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