Tuesday, October 23, 2007

California fire forces half a million from their homes

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 23 — Raging wildfires in southern California have destroyed and estimated 1,300 homes and businesses and have forced as many as a half-million people to evacuate their homes, state and local officials said today.

Hot, gusting winds, which are expected to keep blowing at least through the day, have made the flames nearly impossible for firefighters to control, according to the officials.

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