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A thousand firefighters fight a fire in California

A thousand firefighters fight a fire in California

The so-called Alisal Fire swallowed about 62 square kilometers of mountainous terrain, which erupted in a mountainous region of Southern California, west of Santa Barbara.

About 1,300 firefighters are on the site in the steep terrain and have received good help from the water-bombing planes and helicopters that have been deployed.

It is estimated that the fire was located a few hundred meters from a ranch that was owned by President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan.

“We are grateful that there was no fire activity on the Ronald Reagan property itself. The farm remains largely defensible,” said Jessica Jensen, chief of staff for the Young America Foundation, which now operates the farm.

Flames also surround a gas station operated by Exxon/Mobile.

The fire started on Monday and has since moved toward the sea. An important highway in the area was closed for more than a day and large areas were evacuated.

Dry, dry winds are expected in the coming days in the fire-stricken state, where more than 10,000 square kilometers have burned this year. 3,600 buildings were destroyed.

Active fires in California on October 14 Photo: Johan Hallnäs/TT

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