TODAY   |  May 02, 2013

Dangerous wildfire threatens homes in Calif.

The Summit fire near Palm Springs, Calif. has scorched about 3,000 acres, and while firefighter crews have made progress along the front lines, they are concerned about winds, which are expected to pick up today. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>> that dangerous wildfire in california. nbc's miguel almaguer made his way to the scene. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning. this fire has scorched at least 3,000 acres, ripped right across this neighborhood devouring the home behind me in a matter of minutes. while crews have made steady progress, wind is going to be the story line today. wind that has been kicking up all morning long.

>> on the move overnight, the so-called summit fire sweeping across the foothills of riverside county . flames first exploded out of control wednesday afternoon, feeding on bone d brush fueled by whipping winds. the fast-moving inferno destroyed at least one home.

>> the car was restored for my mother. it was a triumph at one time. now it's a ud ashtray.

>> reporter: he lost his mom to cancer last month. wednesday, he lost everything else.

>> i just got to carry on. i mean, you can't sit there and cry about it. i can. i'm going to do that privately.

>> reporter: with 400 firefighters battling the blaze on the ground and in the air, crews call the conditions here a recipe for disaster. rising temperatures, dropping humidity and howling winds fan the flas that threaten hundreds of properties.

>> were you scared at all that you were going to lose your home?

>> scared i'm going to lose my life.

>> reporter: using resources from across the region, crews beat back the blaze. with the fire now burning in the undeveloped foothills, evacuation orders were lifted, but the threat is far from over.

>> fire season is here. don't think, oh, i got time. wake up, this is a wake up call .

>> with much of southern california in high fire danger , winds today could top 60 miles an hour hitting a region already up in flames.

>> at last check, firefighters said this blaze was roughly 35% contained. they'll reevaluate that number at sunrise. but again, the big story today is going to be those winds. those winds have already kicked up early this morning. savannah.

>> miguel almaguer, thank you.