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California’s wildfires prompt a surge in evacuations.

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California’s wildfires prompt a surge in evacuations.

For weeks the wildfires in Northern California — which have so far burned more than 1.3 million acres of land — have mostly skipped across sparsely populated areas and have not required mass evacuations.

But the Caldor fire, which began east of Sacramento over the weekend, has changed that equation. As of Wednesday evening, the uncontained blaze had forced about 23,000 residents of El Dorado County to leave their homes, the governor’s office reported. Nearly a third of those evacuations were confirmed on Wednesday in a space of less than six hours.

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