Fe­ro­cious US fires evict thou­sands

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Los An­ge­les: Fire­fight­ers are con­tin­u­ing to tackle a huge blaze in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, with sev­eral of them de­scrib­ing it as the most fe­ro­cious they have ever seen. An evac­u­a­tion or­der has been is­sued for an area home to more than 82,000 peo­ple, just east of Los An­ge­les. The Blue Cut fire, as it has been named, has de­stroyed homes and dis­rupted trans­port links be­tween Cal­i­for­nia and Ne­vada. Some peo­ple have been run­ning for their lives just ahead of the flames.

The blaze first ig­nited on Tues­day in a drought-rav­aged moun­tain pass and a day later it had spread across nearly 47 square miles (12,200 hectares). The flames have ad­vanced, out of con­trol, de­spite the ef­forts of 1300 fire­fight­ers. BBC

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