Wild Fires Scorch Southern California

The weather is finally helping firefighters trying to control a blaze in the hills and canyons along northwestern Los Angeles.

Cooler temperatures, calmer winds, and higher humidity may make conditions right for the return of hundreds of evacuees. But officials caution the fire may burn for another week before it is finally stamped out.

A massive wall of flames, fire marched through the canyons and hillsides outside Los Angeles, coming within a few feet of million dollar homes.

Karen Williams could only watch as a neighbor's house burned.

Williams said, "It's scary, you work all your life for something and then to just watch it go in a matter of seconds. You know, it's hard."

Several neighborhoods and hundreds people of people evacuated as fire moved toward their homes. They gathered treasured belongings, important documents, their pets and headed for a safer place.

Tom Matcher evacuated his house and said, "A house can be replaced easily, it's just money, it's making sure that nobody gets injured fighting the fires that's what we're praying to god that nothing like that happens."

As the wind, that earlier had fed the fire, began to die down, the massive air attack began to take greater effect. For much of the day, specialized helicopters dropped hoses into a nearby lake, sucking up 2000 gallons of water in seconds.