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9/16/2007

2,000 people evacuated as wildfire tears through Southern California forest

California, USA
An out-of-control wildfire raged through the San Bernardino National Forest keeping about 5,000 people from their homes in two mountain communities. Firefighters struggled to contain the 18,000-acre (7,285-hectare) blaze, which began Friday and was pushed by 20-mph (32 kph) winds through dense, dry brush. By Saturday, the fire was only 5 percent contained. The flames had burned several outbuildings at a campground and crept within a half-mile (a kilometer) of homes. "It's a very aggressive fire burning through fuels that haven't been burned in 50 to 75 years."
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