California Wildfires Threaten Homes

Nearly 800 firefighters on Thursday fought to gain control of a series of wildfires burning across Northern California. A fire near the Santa Cruz mountains forced 500 residents from their home while another 1,000 were under voluntary evacuations. The fire threatened to spread to 1,500 acres overnight. Meanwhile the state's largest wildfire had burned more than 16,000 acres in the Los Padres National Forest and was only 16% contained. The low humidity, high temperatures and gusty winds have fanned the flames quickly during the past few days. Although winds are expected to diminish, clear skies, dry air and high temperatures will continue to be a problem for the foreseeable future.


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