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By MICHAEL HEINRICH, Associated Press
SPANISH LAS VEGAS (AP) — California is battling its worst wildfire in decades, and its largest city is bracing for an influx of evacuees from a devastated stretch of desert where flames have engulfed tens of thousands of acres and left a trail of destruction that has destroyed hundreds of homes, businesses and homes in nearby villages and towns.
More than 10,000 people have been displaced by the wildfires that threaten more than 1.2 million acres near the Mexican border.
But there are also fears of more infernos in nearby communities and the arrival of the very kind of wildfire that has devastated some Mexican communities and prompted a military operation in southern Mexico City.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued a declaration of emergency for the coastal town of Los Angeles County on Thursday in response to the fires and warned residents to brace themselves for even more evacuation efforts in the coming weeks.
«Our state is in a very precarious situation right now, that is, with wildfire, because this is a fire with a lot of energy,» Brown told reporters at the State Office of Emergency Management headquarters in L.A. «This can’t be put out without the assistance of the local communities in which we live.»
As the nation struggled to understand the epic blaze, residents of the Las Vegas Valley reported having to flee their homes, and some businesses had to close early.
The Los Angeles Fire Department, which had evacuated its headquarters in the Las Vegas area on Wednesday because of the thr바카라사이트eat from the fire, is relocating. About 90 firefighters were fighting the blaze Friday afternoon in a remote area where few buildings had burned to the ground, according to Lt. Paul Bailey of the city’s fire department.
Firefighters said the number of deaths due to fire was rising rapidly.
The Los Angeles Times reported that six firemen were lost early Thursday.
Firefighters had closed roads to vehicles and closed highways for several hours following reports of a gospelhitzraging blaze in the town of Morongos, 30 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
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