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California wildfires burn amid high risk of brutal blazes

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Posted at 1:22 AM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 01:22:38-04

LOS ANGELES — Bone-dry vegetation in California is fueling wildfires, and forecasters are warning that the risk of new blazes erupting is very high as temperatures rise and humidity levels drop.

A huge forest fire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles flared up Friday afternoon and is just 12% contained.

It has charred more than 27 square miles of brush and trees.

And there was no containment of a blaze that blackened foothills above the Los Angeles suburb of Azusa.

It churned through more than 2 square miles of brush but was moving away from homes.

Police were looking for a homeless man they believe started the blaze.