Saturday, 17 May 2014 16:27

California wildfires force thousands to flee

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Fresh wildfires have broken out across parts of southern California, burning down dozens of homes and prompting authorities in San Diego county to evacuate thousands of people and declare a state of emergency.

Scorching temperatures and dry winds fanned at least five fast-moving blazes on Wednesday near San Diego just a day after firefighters contained two other fires in the region.

The worst blaze burned 30 homes in Carlsbad, north of San Diego, and triggered 11,500 evacuation notices.

A heat wave and tinder-dry brush had created a dynamic, dangerous situation, California fire captain Mike Mohler told local television reporters. “It's just unfortunately a recipe for a large fire and that’s what we’re seeing right now.”

Source : Agencies

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