Covering the fires

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With brush fires continuing to spread across Southern California, blown by Santa Ana winds, Channels 2, 4 and 9 are staying live with coverage. Channel 7 is airing "The View" instead, Channel 5 is going with Larry Springer and Channel 11, which has reporter Rod Bernsen out eating smoke and a chopper in the field, has switched to "Ambush Makeover."

11 a.m. update: The toll across the region, mostly before today -- 13 deaths, 827 homes destroyed and 30,000 still potentially threatened, 330,000 acres of brush burned, 7,000 firefighters on the scene. Flights today are still being delayed and cancelled at LAX and San Diego. Channel 7 resumed live coverage at 11 o'clock.

Noon: Channel 4 peels off to "Starting Over" as the flames begin to move on Los Angeles itself in the Twin Lakes area of Chatsworth and Box Canyon.

1 p.m.: Prime soaps time, so only Channels 2 and 9 are still on the fire. I'm off to a meeting.


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