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California Wildfires Force New Evacuations

New evacuations were ordered in Santa Barbara county in Southern California Sunday morning as the largest wildfire currently burning in the state threatened a number of coastal towns. Residents of Carpinteria and Montecito were ordered to evacuate early Sunday, as the Thomas fire spread further toward the city of Santa Barbara, about 160 kilometers west of Los Angeles. More than 88,000 people have been evacuated because of the Thomas Fire, which the state’s fire agency said was 15 percent contained by Saturday night. Nearly a half dozen fires burned across…

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