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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - World -

VEN­TURA, Calif. — Wind-driven fires tore through Cal­i­for­nia com­mu­ni­ties Tues­day for the sec­ond time in two months, leav­ing hun­dreds of homes feared lost and up­root­ing tens of thou­sands of peo­ple.

The most dam­ag­ing fire was in Ven­tura County northwest of Los An­ge­les, where 150 struc­tures were con­firmed de­stroyed. But a fire of­fi­cial said he sus­pected "hun­dreds more" would be lost when flames died down enough to make a thor­ough as­sess­ment.

In the San Gabriel Moun­tains foothills of Los An­ge­les about 45 miles (72 kilo­me­ters) away from the city, 30 struc­tures burned. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the gusty winds ex­pected to last most of the week had cre­ated a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion and he urged 150,000 peo­ple un­der manda­tory evac­u­a­tion or­ders to leave their homes be­fore it's too late.

"We have lost struc­tures, we have not lost lives," he said. "Do not wait. Leave your homes."

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