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Wildfires force residents to flee in California

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Wildfires force residents to flee in California


Officials in the US state of California have said that a blaze near the town of Banning has destroyed at least two dozen homes and one commercial building.

More than 1,400 firefighters have been tackling the rapidly spreading wildfire since Wednesday in the San Jacinto Mountain Range in Southern California.

Some 1,800 residents and campers have had to flee the area, which lies around 140 kilometres east of Los Angeles.

Evacuation orders have been issued in five towns in the region. Five firefighters and one civilian have been injured.

This latest blaze is the second major wildfire in the San Jacinto Mountains this summer. In July, an area near Palm Springs forced 6,000 people out of their homes.

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