Firefighters battle wildfire
Firefighters in Northern California are still struggling to contain more than 1,000 wildfires that have been burning for more than a week.
Officials said the flames have burnt more than 500 square miles of land and are threatening the coastal town of Big Sur.
California\'s Office of Emergency Services said fire crews are close to getting some of the biggest of more than 1,400 fires under control.
16 houses have reportedly been destroyed in the Los Padres National Forest near Big Sur.
No deaths have been reported.
US President George Bush has declared a state of emergency for the entire state over the weekend and has ordered federal aid.