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14 big wildfires scorching California; evacuees include a hospital
14 big wildfires scorching California; evacuees include a hospital

Thousands of firefighters on Sunday continued to battle 14 large wildfires -- most sparked by lightning strikes -- in northern and central California that combined were burning more than 117,000 acres Sunday, officials said.   The Eiler and Bald fires in Shasta County have been burning particularly aggressively, said Dennis Mathisen, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Combined, the two fires have more than quadrupled in size since Saturday morning. The Eiler fire, which covered 22,788 acres and was not at all contained, destroyed eight residences and on Sunday led to the evacuation of a hospital’s long-term care facility. Mayers Memorial...

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