Over 18 homes razed by Wildfire in California

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Over 18 homes razed by Wildfire in California

Over 18 homes razed by Wildfire in California. Flames raced down a rugged hillside “like a freight train,” leaving smoldering remains of homes and warnings that more communities should be ready to flee the wildfire churning through tinder-dry canyons in Southern California, authorities said Sunday.

Planes and more than a dozen helicopters dropped water and retardant on the blaze sparked Friday that has destroyed 18 homes and blackened more than 34 square miles of brush on ridgelines near the city of Santa Clarita. About 300 miles up the coast, crews were battling another fire spanning more than 16 square miles outside the scenic Big Sur region.

Near Santa Clarita, residents of some 1,500 homes have been evacuated and authorities have found a burned body in a neighborhood. Shifting winds were pushing flames northeast through Angeles National Forest and toward the city of Acton, and residents were warned to prepare to leave, authorities said at a news conference.

The fire has ripped through brush withered by days of 100-degree temperatures and years of drought.

“It started consuming houses that were non-defendable,” Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief John Tripp said, describing the flames as charging through terrain “like a freight train.”

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