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California wildfire destroys at least 15 homes

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California wildfire destroys at least 15 homes

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Dec 17, 2013

A wildfire burning in California's Big Sur area has destroyed at least 15 homes. The fire is tearing through dry brush in the Los Padres National Forest, south of San Francisco, and more than 600 firefighters are on hand to battle the blaze. More than 100 people have already been forced to evacuate their homes, and many more are preparing to do so.

Local officials say it's been one of the driest years in the history of Monterey County, and blame the lack of rain for the spread of the fire. As for what started the blaze in the first place, they say that's still under investigation.