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    VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. — Burning with extreme speed and ferocity, a flurry of wildfires torched more than 65,000 acres in Southern California, as firefighters struggled to contain the simultaneous infernos. Powerful Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions fueled at least five wildfires Tuesday, marking what has been a devastating year for fires in California. The latest fires forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, burned down more than a hundred buildings and triggered power outages in the region. […]

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    VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. — Hundreds of firefighters are working around the clock to battle fast-moving wildfires in Southern California as fears grow that winds might make matters worse on Thursday. Winds are expected to pick up — with gusts up to 64mph — and likely fuel wildfires that have engulfed numerous hillsides in flames, quickly incinerated neighborhoods and prompted the evacuation of more than 110,000 people. “We stand a fairly good chance of a very challenging night and day (Thursday),” […]

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    LOS ANGELES – With Santa Ana winds predicted to continuing gusting through the weekend, firefighters are arriving from across much of the western U.S. to provided much-needed relief to Southern California agencies. Strike teams have arrived from Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Utah and Idaho, according to Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Colorado is also sending crews, outlets in that state reported. Aurora Fire Rescue’s 4 firefighters arrived with other Colorado fire departments at their […]

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    LOS ANGELES — Horse owners scrambled to rescue and evacuate hundreds of animals as wildfires raged across Southern California. Virginia Padilla said her 7-year-old horse “Ruben” was burned over 65% of his body. “It’s awful. There’s no words to explain it. I’m very fortunate he’s alive because, I mean so many people have lost their horses,” Padilla told CNN affiliate KCAL. As flames engulfed her Sylmar barn earlier this week, she tried to save more than 60 animals. When animal control […]

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    LOS ANGELES — Wildfires roared across Southern California for a fifth day Friday, with new blazes leading to additional evacuations as neighborhoods went up in flames in San Diego County. Six large wildfires have scorched 141,000 acres in the state this week, Cal Fire officials said. At least 5,700 firefighters from several agencies are working to contain the massive walls of flames. The fires have forced 190,000 people out of their homes, some with nothing but their pets and a […]

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    LOS ANGELES — A woman whose body was found at a crash site along an evacuation route in Southern California became the first confirmed fire-related casualty in a series of raging wildfires that could gain strength this weekend. Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday was due to visit Ventura County, home to the largest of the six wildfires, the Thomas Fire. He’ll survey damage, meet with affected residents, consult with government officials and emergency responders, and brief reporters, his office said. […]

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    Barely two months after fires charred Northern California’s wine country, the state is once again staring down a spate of wildfires, this time in Southern California. These fires are fueled by some of the strongest Santa Ana winds in recent memory. Here are some eye-popping numbers from these latest fires: Growing huge … The Thomas Fire, the largest of the blazes, is burning through Ventura County toward Los Angeles. The blaze is more than four times the size of the […]

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    VENTURA COUNTY — Firefighters are struggling to contain the biggest of six blazes burning in southern California, with the Thomas Fire slipping from 15% containment to 10% Sunday. Covering 230,000 acres, the Thomas Fire is now the fifth largest blaze in modern California history. The fires are collectively burning an area larger than New York City and Boston combined. Gusty winds and dry conditions are not helping the wildfire’s spread, and there’s no rain in the forecast for at least […]

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    SAN DIEGO — The man shot and killed in an officer involved shooting inside a San Diego home Sunday  has been identified as Kyle Zahacefski from Colchester. Investigators determined he arrived to San Diego on a bus Saturday for unknown reasons. Then early Sunday police received several 9-1-1 calls of a man trying to break into homes and threatening to take his own life in the 1200 and 1300 block of Trieste Drive. After being chased by police inside one […]

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two cats with an unlikely bond finally have a home, thanks to the power of social media. Ray is blind and was found in September on the streets. He is a lot more confident with his best friend, Bea, around. The cats do everything as a pair, they even lived in the same kennel at Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter. “Really gives him a lot of confidence and reassurance that everything is OK,” said Ryan Hinderman, who […]

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    Thousands of firefighters are making headway against the vast Thomas Fire burning in Southern California, expressing hope that conditions are becoming more favorable. The blaze is larger than all of New York City and was about 20% contained as of Monday evening, according to the fire protection agency CAL FIRE. The wind was cooperating with firefighters Monday and pushing the fire away from nearby communities, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason told CNN. The breeze had also cleared the air […]

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