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Residents reeling after fire consumes large swath of Weed, Calif.
Residents reeling after fire consumes large swath of Weed, Calif.

WEED, Calif. – After a hot and dry summer, residents here said they had become dulled to the smell of smoke from wildfires. But Tiffany DeVault had a bad feeling right away when the familiar scent filled the air Monday afternoon, and she asked her husband, Troy, to come home from work early, just in case. He was too late. By the time the 39-year-old handyman completed the 20-minute drive, flames had already forced her to flee the house with their two children. Police barred him from getting any closer. It wasn’t until Tuesday morning, standing outside a nearby Red Cross shelter, that he saw a cellphone photo of the home his family purchased just three months ago. Like...

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