Southern California wildfires spreading due to strong winds


SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - A fire in Ventura County, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, has expanded to 78 square miles as of Tuesday afternoon. An early-morning estimate put the number of destroyed structures at around 150, but more homes have been seen burning throughout the day. Elsewhere in California, a fire in the Lakeview Terrace and Sylmar neighborhoods of Los Angeles has expanded to 17 square miles and another near the city of Santa Clarita has burned 1.5 square miles. About 60 miles east in the city of San Bernardino, a new fire is burning 25 acres. The county fire department says firefighters are being assigned to protect buildings and ambulances have been requested for three people who suffered burns.

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