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8,000 fire­fight­ers strug­gle for con­trol

Jen­nifer Hawks, from left, Neil Thol­lan­der and Ed Hawks put out hot spots Thurs­day on Thol­lan­der’s grand­mother’s prop­erty near Cal­is­toga, Calif. The death toll from North­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s fires jumped to 31 on Thurs­day and hun­dreds of peo­ple re­mained miss­ing. The 8,000 fire­fight­ers strug­gling against the fires caught a break early Thurs­day as the pre­dicted high winds failed to ma­te­ri­al­ize, but signs point to wors­en­ing con­di­tions through the week­end. The fires have de­stroyed up to 3,500 struc­tures.

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