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California wildfires: Thousands evacuated, fires explode in size
California wildfires: Thousands evacuated, fires explode in size

Thousands of residents who live near the American River in the Eldorado National Forest in Northern California remained evacuated Wednesday as a fast-moving wildfire exploded by 6,000 acres overnight. The King fire continues to threaten thousands of homes and structures as winds drive it east, west and north over mountain and ridges and through deep canyon troughs. Sustained heat and wind have steered the flames toward parched vegetation that has been left tinder-dry by California's prolonged drought, creating towering smoke plumes that have kept firefighters from clearly seeing the fire’s behavior, U.S Forest Service officials said. The fire, which erupted Saturday evening,...

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