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New Wildfires Hit California, Burning Homes

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7Dnews London

Sun, 08 Jul 2018 13:10 GMT

Santa Barbara County officials declared a local emergency early on Saturday (July 7) as a fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds and high temperatures tore through homes and forced 3,200 residents to evacuate.

The Holiday Fire, one of more than three dozen in western U.S. states, broke out near the beach community of Goleta, California, on Friday night before charring dried vegetation in the foothills south of the Los Padres National Forest.

Dozens of fires have broken out across the western United States, fanned by scorching heat, winds and low humidity.

Firefighters are making progress against wildfires that have destroyed dozens of buildings and caused at least one death in California as a heat wave roasts the southern part of the state.

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