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New evacuations as a major Southern California fire flares up

VENTURA, California. – A large flare-up on the western edge of Southern California, the largest and most destructive wildfire has sent residents fleeing as the flames churned through the canyons and down hills in the direction of coastal towns.

New evacuations were ordered Sunday in Carpinteria, a seaside city northwest of Los Angeles.

Santa Barbara County Fire spokesman Mike Eliason says the crew saved several homes as unpredictable winds fanned the blaze.

The department posted a photo of a residence engulfed in flames. It is unclear whether other structures burned.

Firefighters made significant progress on other fronts of the huge fire that started Dec. 4 in Ventura County.

Forecasters say Santa Ana winds that whipped cream several fires in the region are expected to die down later on Sunday.

Containment is a road heats up in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego county.

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