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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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New evacuations ordered as winds reinvigorate California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – California’s largest wildfire pushed toward prosperous coastal cities on Sunday, prompting a new wave of evacuations as firefighters struggled to curb its destructive power with the gusty winds that have fueled fires for nearly a week. Authorities ordered residents in parts of Carpinteria and Montecito to …

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Strong winds pose fresh threat in California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state’s devastating wildfires on Saturday, as firefighters rushed to contain the blazes before dry desert winds were expected to intensify. A U.S. military aircraft drops fire retardant on the Thomas Fire, a wildfire in Fillmore, California, …

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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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