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Thousands flee raging fires in southern California

Published on May 15, 2014 5:52 AM

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) - Thousands of people are fleeing their homes to escape raging wildfires in southern California, which on Wednesday triggered the partial evacuation of a military base and a tourist amusement park.

The blazes, which also closed a major north-south highway, come amid record temperatures in the western US state, where the annual wildfire season typically starts much later in the year.

Twenty thousand people were asked to evacuate their homes near San Diego on Tuesday night, although the order was later lifted as firefighters got the upper hand on the blaze.

But on Wednesday multiple fires erupted, including two at the Camp Pendleton base between Los Angeles and San Diego, where a naval weapons station was evacuated, along with military housing and a school.

A wildfire burns through a canyon in Carlsbad, California on May 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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