United States (Country threat level – 3)

Wildfires have caused significant disruptions throughout southern California since 13 November 2008. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared states of emergency in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Riverside and Orange Counties. Firefighters have not been able to fully contain fires in the towns of Anaheim, Corona, Yorba Linda and Brea. Approximately 50,000 people in the region have evacuated in recent days, though authorities lifted mandatory evacuation orders for approximately 25,000 people. The region’s Santa Ana winds weakened on 16 November, allowing authorities to launch an aerial firefighting effort that made some progress. The situation has resulted in a thick cloud of smoke over Los Angeles that has reduced visibility and air quality. Traffic has been disrupted on most highways at various points, though most freeways reopened late on 16 November. Metrolink train services between Los Angeles and Orange County have resumed.

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