Deadly Wildfire Spreads Near Palm Springs, Calif. More than 1,000 firefighters are struggling to combat a wind-blown wildfire in the rugged hills east of Los Angeles that has blackened nearly 24,000 acres. The blaze killed four firefighters Thursday, and left another in critical condition. Officials are concerned that the winds could shift and drive the fire toward populated areas west of Palm Springs.
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Deadly Wildfire Spreads Near Palm Springs, Calif.

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Deadly Wildfire Spreads Near Palm Springs, Calif.

Deadly Wildfire Spreads Near Palm Springs, Calif.

Deadly Wildfire Spreads Near Palm Springs, Calif.

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More than a 1,000 firefighters are battling a wind-blown wildfire in the rugged hills east of Los Angeles.

The blaze has charred nearly 24,000 acres, or almost 38 square miles, and was only 5 percent contained early Friday.

The fire killed four U.S. Forest Service firefighters early Thursday, while a fifth firefighter remains critically injured. They were engulfed by a swiftly moving wall of flame while attempting to protect a home near Cabazon, Calif.

Emergency officials say the fire was started by an arsonist. A $100,000 reward has been posted for information the results in the conviction of the arsonist.

Steven Cuevas of member station KPCC has an update on the fire.