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Thousands of homes under threat from southern California wildfires.

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Thousands of homes under threat from southern California wildfires.

<p>The emergency services in Southern California say they are fighting a total of eight wildfires.</p> <p>The worst has been raging unchecked in very dry thick brush just north of the city of San Bernadino, driven by strong winds, gusting to over 110 kilometres an hour.</p> <p>One thousand firefighters are battling the blaze, which has been named the Blue Cut fire after a trail in a narrow gorge where it started on Tuesday.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BlueCutFire?src=hash">#BlueCutFire</a> [update] north of San Bernardino (San Bernardino County) is now 30,000 acres. <a href="https://t.co/I8T8YeiGpz">https://t.co/I8T8YeiGpz</a> <a href="https://t.co/lqBzSkX5RP">pic.twitter.com/lqBzSkX5RP</a></p>— <span class="caps">CAL</span> <span class="caps">FIRE</span> (@CAL_FIRE) <a href="https://twitter.com/CAL_FIRE/status/765915289636659201">August 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It has already destroyed an unknown number of houses near a major road connecting Los Angeles with Las Vegas and officials say more than 30,000 homes remain under threat. </p> <p>The road – Interstate 15 – was partially closed. </p> <p>Over 80,000 people have been told they must leave their homes in a mandatory evacuation.</p> <p>“It’s to the point where explosive fire growth is the new normal this year,” Glenn Barley, a fire chief with the San Bernardino unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection </p> <p>Nearly 1,000 kilometres northwest of there the authorities said the so-called Clayton Fire was 40 percent contained.</p> <p>It has destroyed 175 homes and businesses and one person has been arrested and charged with arson over that blaze.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClaytonFire?src=hash">#ClaytonFire</a>. [update] Lower Lake area (Lake County) is now 3,929 acres and 40% contained. <a href="https://t.co/HkmjMdAKyR">https://t.co/HkmjMdAKyR</a> <a href="https://t.co/prAmZz8oSe">pic.twitter.com/prAmZz8oSe</a></p>— <span class="caps">CAL</span> <span class="caps">FIRE</span> (@CAL_FIRE) <a href="https://twitter.com/CAL_FIRE/status/765903220262604800">August 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>