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New wildfires cause havoc in California

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New wildfires cause havoc in California

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A wildfire fuelled by gusty winds has destroyed dozens of homes in the Malibu area of southern California. Fire officials say the blaze is only partly under control. The second fire in just over a month to hit the seaside enclave popular with many of Hollywood’s bigger stars, has blackened some two thousand hectares and forced more than ten thousand people to evacuate. Los Angeles fire officials say a number of ranch-style homes in the canyons of central Malibu have been destroyed and as many as 200 homes are at risk.

Fire fighting “super scooper” planes have been refilling by dropping down on the Pacific ocean to load up water tanks to douse the blaze. Fire officials had been bracing after a rash of devastating brush fires last month swept the parched hills of southern California. At least a dozen people died across the region last October and more than 1,500 homes were destroyed.