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California wildfire forces thousands to evacuate

People fled from thousands of homes as a wildfire pushed toward Southern California mountain communities. Evacuation orders affected some 2,200 homes and 6,000 residents and visitors, said US Forest Service spokeswoman Carol Jandrall. 

Winds that were moving the fire into wilderness were beginning to change direction, said Forest Service spokeswoman Melody Lardner. 

Very hot and dry conditions were forecast for the next two days, said Tina Rose, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. 

Rose said the fire was showing extreme behaviour in an area that hadn’t burned in many years. 

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