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AP PHOTOS: Fire chewing through Southern California houses

VENTURA, California. Townhouses and modest homes both in flames in Southern California.

The charging of the walls of fire quickly tore through the suburban areas, hunting tens of thousands of people from their homes and turning their possessions to dust, but the save of any death or serious injury.

Smoke darkened the sky in Ventura, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, leading James and Josie Ralstin don masks Tuesday they wore a number of stuff from their house in the light of a burning house.

Fire is not common in December, but may break down when dry vegetation and a lack of rain combined with the region is notoriously dangerous Santa Ana winds. Hardly any measurable rain has fallen in Southern California in the past six months.

The speed of the flames served as a reminder of the fires in Northern California wine country eight weeks ago that killed 44 people and destroyed thousands of homes and other buildings.

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