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Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to stre

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again. A U.S. military aircraft drops fire retardant on the …

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Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes. Forecasters predicted weather would continue to challenge the 8,700 firefighters …

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No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Exhausted fire crews made little headway on Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in South California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community. Forecasters predicted weather would continue to challenge the 8,700 firefighters …

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Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday across densely populated Southern California that have destroyed at least 500 structures and chased tens of thousands of people from their homes over the past five days. A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire, …

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Firefighters battle intense wildfires ravaging southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday that have swept across densely populated Southern California, destroying at least 500 structures and chasing 190,000 people from their homes over the past five days. A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire, a fast …

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Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rage

FARIA BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) – Fanned by gusting winds, wildfires raged in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing 200,000 people to flee their homes with dangerous conditions forecast until Sunday. The blazes have destroyed hundreds of houses and forced many Los Angeles-area schools to close. …

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