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In pictures: California fires
A woman is consoled after her house is destroyed in San Bernadino
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The blazes in southern California have claimed thirteen lives and destroyed hundreds of houses.
Firefighter warns a home owner
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Thousands of people have had to be evacuated from their homes.
Firefighters north of Fontana in California
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Around 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) have been destroyed by the fires.
Satellite image of forest fires affecting Simi Valley, Moorpark and San Bernadino
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The smoke from the forest fires is visible from space.
Extinguishing fire in a palm tree in Burbank, California
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The powerful Santa Ana winds are fuelling the blazes, making it difficult for firefighters.
A woman screams for the fire department in Moorpark, Ventura County
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Air quality authorities have warned people to stay indoors because of the smog covering the region.
Fires near Rancho Cucamonga in California
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There is also a fear the fires will destroy important power lines.
An air tanker drops water on a wildfire in Malibu.
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Over 7,000 firefighters have been deployed to fight the fires....
Fire explodes through the living room of a home in San Diego, southern California.
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but the authorities admit the flames are raging out of control
People flee fires
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They say it may take another few days before the blazes can be contained.

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