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California's wildfire forces evacuation of hundreds of homes, threatens thousands (VIDEO)

California's wildfire forces evacuation of hundreds of homes, threatens thousands (VIDEO)Smoke plumes roiling from flaming ridges of the San Bernardino Mountains blew all the way across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas as California's latest big wildfire forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes and threatened thousands more.

Hundreds of firefighters, aided by 16 aircraft, battled flames that spread across nearly 10 square miles on the northern side of the rugged mountain range east of Los Angeles.

People in some 375 homes were ordered to evacuate, San Bernardino County sheriff and U.S. Forest Service officials told the Los Angeles Times.

About 5,000 more homes were advised that they may want to evacuate, authorities said.



The fire, which erupted for an unknown reason Sunday, was just 6 percent contained.

Across the Mojave, officials in southern Nevada issued an air quality advisory because of smoke from the fire more than 200 miles away.
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