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CA fire threatens homes

A wildfire in Southern California threatened more than 100 homes Thursday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | CALIMESA, Calif. | October 6, 2005

A wildfire in Southern California threatened more than 100 homes Thursday.

The 6,000-acre blaze started Wednesday and grew quickly. It is now 25% contained according to the Riverside County Fire Department. No structures have been burned yet and no mandatory evacuations are in effect, but many residents have left the area due to the threat.

The fire department said only three residents were utilizing the evacuation center provided at the local high school.

High winds, low humidity and rugged terrain challenged firefighters assigned to the blaze.

Farther south, the Border wildfire, which started in Mexico, has now spread into California. Fire officials say it is now 10% contained, having burned more than 2,000 acres.

In the 2005 wildfire season so far, some 54,000 wildfires have burned more than 8,000,00 acres.


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