Hundreds evacuated near California wildfire

Hundreds evacuated near California wildfire

3 August 2007

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California,USA: —  Ahuge wildfire in California’s Los Padres National Forest has grown to 38,000acres and has forced hundreds out of rural homes and campgrounds.

Themonth-old fire in northern Santa Barbara County is burning through heavyvegetation. It’s sending smoke and ash to the cities of Santa Barbara andMontecito.

Insouthwestern Montana, 25 houses threatened by a 24,000 acre wind-whipped firewere ordered evacuated. Other residents north of Helena who fled a49-square-mile blaze have been allowed to return to their homes.

InWashington state, at least 400 firefighters were deployed to battle the nearly500-acre blaze sparked by Thursday’s helicopter crash in the Cascades.

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