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Crews scramble as massive California wildfire burns homes, new fires start

Several new fires erupted Thursday, including one near a Los Angeles suburb that has already burned over 3,000 acres.

2020-08-14 8:27:00 AM

Preliminary damage assessments found that at least three structures burned, but authorities warned the toll would likely be higher.

Several new fires erupted Thursday, including one near a Los Angeles suburb that has already burned over 3,000 acres.

.The fire exploded in size within hours after it broke out in dense forest on Wednesday afternoon, sending up a towering plume visible for hundreds of miles around.Read more:California wildfire burns 10,000 acres in 3 hours, hundreds of homes evacuated

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Flames raced across ridges and steep slopes, including in some areas that had not burned since 1968, fire officials said. By Thursday night, the blaze still threatened more than 5,400 homes and had charged through 17 square miles (44.5 square kilometres) of brush and forest land.

The blaze was only 5% contained.Story continues below advertisementA firefighter watches the Lake Hughes fire in Angeles National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, north of Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu).Light winds and scattered thundershowers early in the day helped firefighters tame the flames somewhat but Friday’s forecast called for hot, dry weather with “near critical” fire conditions because of possible gusty winds, a fire update said Thursday night.

“This will be a major fire for several days,” said Chief Robert Garcia with the U.S. Forest Service.|Update| Thesouthwest of Lake Hughes in Los Angeles county is 11,000 acres and 5% contained. Read more: Globalnews.ca »

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Crews try to tame California wildfire as heat wave arrivesCrews scrambled to protect homes from a huge wildfire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles , and officials warned the blaze could flare up again Thursday as a blistering heat wave descended on California .

California wildfire burns 10,000 acres in 3 hours, hundreds of homes evacuatedThe fire is burning on federal park lands close to Santa Clarita, which sits just half an hour north of Los Angeles . Be safe people of California! Perhaps the feds weren’t raking the forests!

Crews try to tame California wildfire as heat wave arrivesCrews scrambled to protect homes from a huge wildfire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles , and officials warned the blaze could flare up again Thursday as a blistering heat wave descended on California .

Forest fire grows near Red Lake, Ont., forcing community to evacuateA forest fire burning near a northwestern Ontario community has grown, according to the Province of Ontario’s forest fire map. My son works at a mine there and they evacuated yesterday. They drove out not knowing if the highway would still be passable.

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