New California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing the first tough test of his new position, dealing with the devastating forest fires raging through the Sunshine State.

Schwarzenegger has held emergency talks with departing Governor GRAY DAVIS, who has told him he'll need to make immediate pleas for financial aid to Washington DC.

The wildfires have so far killed 14 people and destroyed over 1,000 properties.

28/10/2003 14:16