TODAY | May 04, 2013
>>> massive wildfires in southern california . biggest one nearly tripled in size but help could be on the way from mother nature . we go to camarillo, california, this morning for more.
>> reporter: for a third straight day firefighters are bracing themselves for another long day of fighting this blaze that's now destroyed more than 28,000 acres in ventura county . it's one of several fires that officials are trying to fight against all across the state of california . this one here they've only said in the past 24 hours that they've been able to contain it for up to 20%. they call it a monster. the spring fire stretching over almost 30,000 acres and firefighters in southern california are athe mercy of shifting winds and tough conditions.
>> very difficult area to get containment in that area.
>> reporter: 4,000 homes are threatened and many residents are told they should get out for their safety.
>> pictures, laptops, that's all we can take.
>> reporter: that's one of the most dramatic looks at this fire we have seen.
>> reporter: the fire stretches from mountains of santa monic to the pacific ocean leaving a plume of smoke so big it can easily be seen from space. firefighters have been busy as many as a half dozen smaller fires have popped up around the state like this one in san jose and in glendale, highways were shut down to battle another blaze.
>> winds kicked up and blew the embers across the freeway.
>> reporter: california doesn't usually see fire conditions like this until the fall. firefighters hope to have the biggest fire under control today but it has fooled them before.
>> it feels sometimes like you're always behind. just about the time you get caught up, fire is getting ahead of you and that's always a challenge.
>> reporter: firefighters may get a little help from mother nature in the next 48 hours . they are saying that cooler temperatures, a rise in humidity and more importantly perhaps some rain showers could help tilt the balance of this fight in their favor in suppressing this blaze. erica?
>> keep our fingers crossed for that. thanks.