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200,000 Evacuate Amid Fifth-Worst Wildfires in California History

HeadlineDec 11, 2017

Drought-fueled wildfires raged toward Southern California’s coastal cities over the weekend, prompting a new round of evacuations and rescue operations. Unseasonably strong winds have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week, scorching some 230,000 acres of land, forcing nearly 200,000 evacuations, and at one point leaving more than 260,000 people without power. The wildfire is already the fifth-largest blaze on record in the state’s recent history. Over the weekend, authorities ordered residents in parts of Carpinteria and Montecito to leave early on Sunday as the fire barreled toward Santa Barbara. Climate experts say the intensity of the winter blazes is linked to climate change. Later in the broadcast, we’ll go to California for the latest on the wildfires.

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