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Firefighter Killed Battling Thomas Fire In Southern California, Officials Say

Firefighter Killed Battling Thomas Fire In Southern California, Officials SayA firefighter was killed battling the monstrous Thomas Fire in Southern California, officials said on Thursday.



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More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalition

More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalitionSyrian opposition forces backed by a US-led coalition killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and took several others prisoner Thursday, military officials said. According to the coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, a vetted Syrian opposition group known as the Maghawir al-Thawra detected the fighters early Thursday in an area controlled by pro-Syrian regime forces in southern Syria, in the Al-Tanf border region. Supported by coalition forces, the Maghawir al-Thawra “quickly and professionally conducted an operation,” the coalition said in a statement.



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Fire in southern California threatening another city

Fire in southern California threatening another cityA fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days. The so-called Thomas fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, making it one of the worst wildfires in California history. Packing to evacuate now,” the actor Rob Lowe, who lives in Santa Barbara, wrote on Twitter.



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Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze

Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blazeThousands of firefighters were battling one of the most destructive wildfires in California’s history Monday as it crept relentlessly up the Pacific coast and forced new evacuations. As a wildfire near Los Angeles was brought under control, fire crews were being redeployed to battle the Thomas Fire northwest of America’s second-largest city. Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters were assisting nearly 6,400 firefighters trying to keep the Thomas Fire away from beachfront towns south of the historic city of Santa Barbara, the California Fire Department (Cal Fire) said.



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First Fatality In Southern California Wildfires Confirmed

First Fatality In Southern California Wildfires ConfirmedMedical officials confirmed the first fire-related fatality in Southern California’s most recent spate of wildfires to HuffPost on Saturday.



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46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire Tragedy

46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire TragedyAt least 46 racehorses at a training center in San Diego County were killed by flames or smoke inhalation in a particularly heartbreaking result of the fires raging through southern California.



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Southern California wildfires leave 800 structures in ashes

Southern California wildfires leave 800 structures in ashesWhile some evacuees were told it was safe to return home others are now being forced to flee their homes as 8,500 firefighters battle quickly moving flames around the clock in Southern California.



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Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rage

Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rageFARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) – Fanned by gusting winds, wildfires raged in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, with a new blaze north of San Diego exploding in size in just a few hours and dangerous conditions forecast until Sunday. Flames hopscotched over highways and railroad tracks, and residents rushed to evacuate their homes with only minutes’ warning, some leaving behind holiday gifts. About 200,000 residents were evacuated from their homes at one point, though some were due to return on Thursday evening.



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No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires

No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfiresBy Alex Dobuzinskis VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Exhausted fire crews made little headway on Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in South California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community. Forecasters predicted weather would continue to challenge the 8,700 firefighters who have been battling fast-moving blazes for five days from the San Diego area up the Pacific Coast to Santa Barbara County. At least 500 structures have been destroyed, six people hurt, four firefighters injured and 212,000 people forced to flee their homes.



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Why are ferocious wildfires plaguing southern California?

Why are ferocious wildfires plaguing southern California?A combination of short and longer-term events have conspired to spark a ring of fires that have dotted the Los Angeles area



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