Thursday, 19 July 2018

Southern California Fires, Two people burned in new blaze

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With weary firefighters continuing their assault on several major wildfires wreaking devastation across Southern California, two new blazes fired up Thursday, adding to the region’s smoke-filled misery.

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At least 190,000 residents have been evacuated as 5,700 firefighters work to contain the blazes, Cal Fire officials said.

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Edward Aguilar runs through flames from the Thomas Fire to save his cats at his mobile home along Highway 33 in Casita Springs in Ventura County on December 5.

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Firefighters work to save burning houses along Linda Flora Drive in Los Angeles on December 6, 2017.

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So far, 141,000 acres have burned in the six large wildfires in the state this week, according to Cal Fire officials.

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The 4,100-acre fire is moving at an “extremely rapid rate,” and burning west toward the Vista and Oceanside communities, officials said.

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To the north in Ventura County, the numbers were much more ominous. The four-day old Thomas Fire had burned 115,000 acres and destroyed 439 buildings, damaging 85 others.

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Another new fire, just to the north of the Lilac Fire, had consumed 300 acres. That blaze, called the Liberty Fire, is 10% contained.

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A total of 20 structures were destroyed, according to Cal Fire. Many of those were mobile homes in a community next to where the fire started, said Ron Lane, the deputy chief administrative officer for San Diego County.

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