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Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California’s scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds. The so-called Thomas Fire, already the state’s fifth-largest wildland …

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Renewed winds, dry conditions hamper fight to tame California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters trying to tame a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California were facing bone-dry conditions and the return of powerful wind gusts on Wednesday. Thomas wildfire burns above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon in this social media photo by Santa Barbara …

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Firefighters wrestle to control California wildfire as winds persist

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters on Tuesday fought to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state’s history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist throughout the week. Firefighters knock down flames as they advance on homes atop Shepherd Mesa …

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Weary firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state’s scenic coastline. A fire crew passes a burning home during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. …

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