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40 dead in California wildfires, dozens still missing as firefighters make significant progress

Aided by light winds and cooler temperatures, firefighters made significant progress overnight and early Sunday morning on two of the biggest wildfires ravaging Northern California, but officials cautioned that they still face major challenges.

More than 10,000 firefighters from California and other states are fighting the fires in Northern California, said Dave Teter of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and officials are readying more crews in Southern California, where red flag warnings are in place through Sunday.

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40 dead in California wildfires, dozens still missing as firefighters make more progress

Firefighters hoped to be able to make progress Sunday on the deadliest series of wildfires in California history as the grim task of finding those killed continued.

More than 10,000 firefighters from California and other states are fighting the fires in Northern California, said Dave Teter of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and officials are readying more crews in Southern California, where red flag warnings are in place through Sunday.


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Unprecedented conditions make controlling California fires difficult

More than 9,217 acres burned, 25 structures destroyed, and 48 structures damaged in the Canyon 2 fires in Anaheim Hills.

With winds and dry conditions on tap for Saturday, it makes for another dangerous day with new evacuations and heightened anxieties. Experts use a scientific formula to determine the potential of a fire, called its Energy Release Component, said Cal Fire spokesman Mike Smith... Crews have not seen this amount of fuel this dry in the path of a fire in at least 26 years, he said.


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Man fatally shot by police after pursuit in Torrance

Torrance police shot and killed a reckless driver suspected of being under the influence after a short pursuit early Saturday, authorities said.

The shooting occurred shortly after 2 a.m. when officers tried to pull over the driver near the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, police said. Police twice attempted to stop the motorist by hitting the backside of his vehicle car to try and send it into a spin – known as the PIT maneuver.



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