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Firefighter killed, 2 dozen homes lost in California wildfires

Firefighter killed, 2 dozen homes lost in California wildfires

Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter, burned two dozen homes and forced thousands of people to flee as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground. Twenty-one large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California on Saturday, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Some 8,000 firefighters were working to subdue them, something made incredibly difficult by several years of drought that have dried out California. "The conditions and fire behavior we're seeing at 10 in the morning is typically what we'd see in late...

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