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Thousands Flee from California Wildfires

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ A wildfire is scorching the edges of Santa Barbara, threatening to destroy dozens more homes and forcing thousands to flee.

More than 20,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes, and another 16,000 are in threatened areas and warned to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Fire officials say last night, winds whipped the blaze into an inferno on the city's doorstep. More dry weather, scorching temperatures and heavy winds are in the forecast. Fire officials say the 2,500 firefighters battling the blaze have it 10 percent contained.

So far, it has demolished or damaged 75 homes. Santa Barbara Fire Chief Andrew DiMizio says "Right now, if you're not evacuated in the Santa Barbara area, you are sheltering evacuees.'' Officials say the fire is proving tricky because it's spreading into rugged terrain with plenty of tinder. Officials say firefighters are "running pretty thin on equipment.'' Officials say 11 firefighters have been injured.

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