>> The intense glow of flames against the night sky, wild fires that broke out earlier this week continue to rage in Southern California. And now the first death has been reported. The burned body of a woman was found next to her overturned car in Ventura County. US President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in California, ordering the release of federal assistance to bolster the local response.
At least 500 structures have been destroyed, and nearly 200,000 people have been given orders to evacuate. Crews are battling six major wildfires across the state from Los Angeles to San Diego, with powerful Santa Ana winds fanning the flames.>> Devastated, and every friend we talked to is in the same boat.
>> Heartbroken homeowners are returning to find everything gone.>> The photos, and the mementos, and the family heirlooms, they're gone, and they're not coming back.
Officials warned thousands more homes are in jeopardy, as heavy winds overwhelm fire crews battling to get a handle of the situation.