California fires: firefighters struggle to control flames as thousands flee

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Californians are facing a second day of destruction as firefighters struggle to control a pair of fast-moving wildfires, including one that has forced the evacuation of about 50,000 residents in suburbs north of Los Angeles. Crews in LA county worked overnight to battle the Tick fire, which started on Thursday and has grown to char 4,300 acres, threatening 15,000 homes and businesses, officials said. Images on TV and social media showed flames shooting up residential hillsides, fanned by winds of up to 50mph. “This is the largest evacuation that we’ve had in Santa Clarita,” Kathryn Barger, a Los Angeles county supervisor, said on Friday. “This is being done to make sure that we protect not...

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