Claims News Service, Oct.14, 4:29 p.m. EST — A state of emergency has been declared in conjunction with a wildfire that is burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, billowed by Santa Anna winds.

As of Oct. 14, 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said that the Marek Wildfire had been 70 percent contained, thanks in part to a brief reprieve of overnight winds. Also contributing to containment efforts were 1,300 firefighting personnel, 188 fire engines, and 18 helicopters.

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