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Fire Forces Evacuation of Campus, Homes in California

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A wildfire raging along the fringes of Southern California communities has grown to more than 10 square miles.

The Ventura County Fire Department says the blaze broke out Thursday morning along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area and quickly moved down slopes toward modern subdivisions. More than 6,500 acres have burned. There is zero containment.
More than 200 firefighters with help from aircraft dropping water and retardant worked to protect dozens of homes around the Camarillo Springs Golf Course.

The blaze 50 miles west of Los Angeles has forced evacuations of neighborhoods and California State University, Channel Islands.

Santa Ana winds with gusts up to 30 mph are sending up plumes of smoke over the homes and strawberry fields to the south.

In Northern California, crews were able to hold the line against two wind-whipped wildfires, but one in Tehama County continued to grow. (AP)

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