Photos: Wildfires threaten Los Angeles area

Firefighters start a backfire into the Santa Monica Mountains to help control the Springs Fire in southeast Ventura County, California, on Saturday, May 4. The fire damaged 15 homes and five commercial properties and destroyed 25 outbuildings in the Los Angeles area as of Saturday, fire authorities said.

Firefighters start a backfire into the Santa Monica Mountains to help control the Springs Fire in southeast Ventura County, California, on Saturday, May 4. The fire damaged 15 homes and five commercial properties and destroyed 25 outbuildings in the Los Angeles area as of Saturday, fire authorities said.