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California fires cause two deaths and force thousands to leave home

by Ace Damon
California fires cause two deaths and force thousands to leave home

The victims are a 89-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. The advance of the flames has already destroyed several buildings north of Los Angeles.

Rescue sources reported that an 89-year-old woman died in Calimesa, a hundred miles east of Los Angeles, when a fire hit a residential caravan park where she lived.

A man in his fifties died of a heart attack while trying to save his home from another fire that broke out 20 kilometers north of Los Angeles.

Powered by the hot, dry winds typical of the time, this brazier progressed at 300 hectares per hour, said metropolitan fire chief (LAFD) Ralph Terrazas.

By midday, the fire had already consumed three thousand hectares and the order had been taken to remove 100,000 people from their homes. At least 25 homes have been destroyed or damaged, according to the latest fire brigade.

The fire has already forced the closure of several highways, shops and schools.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore mobilized 250 officers to remove those people from about 23,000 homes.

"If they remain in the areas to be evacuated, we cannot guarantee your safety," he said, urging residents to obey orders and to move to the emergency shelters that were set up in the California metropolis.

Moore has already warned that the fire will not be controlled as quickly as one would like.

"One would say that this is being the norm in California," lamented Oscar Mancillas, a Sylmar resident, who stared helplessly at the flames consuming the hills near his home.

California has been systematically facing large fires in the middle of winter, which was not happening until about 10 years ago.

"Unfortunately, it is true. The fire season is longer. It used to last three or four months. Now we have situations like this all year long," Los Angeles fire chief Al Poirier told AFP.

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