Gov. Schwarzenegger tours the fire area (CPR photo/Ben Adler)
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger toured a subdivision just outside Auburn Monday. He saw a Placer County neighborhood devastated by the 49 Fire. The 340-acre blaze has burned down 50 homes and 10 businesses. It's 70 percent contained.
The governor was briefed on both that fire and the massive Southern California wildfire. He says the summer weather is making the state especially fire-prone right now.
Schwarzenegger: “Each area has different challenges, but there’s one thing in common. It’s very dry right now; there’s no humidity; the humidity is in single digits. There’s tremendous heat. The terrain in most of those locations is extraordinary, very challenging.”
Schwarzenegger says nearly 6,000 fire personnel are battling the blazes throughout the state.
More than 100,000 acres have burned in the last 10 days.
Officials plan to allow evacuated residents to return to their homes Monday night. But a shelter remains open at the Auburn Recreation District Park gym on Richardson Avenue.