California Wildfire Explodes in Size

Fires break out all over the west

Colorado wildfire

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A fire threatening foothill communities of Los Angeles, California, exploded in size overnight, fanning out to nearly 41 square miles and triggering the evacuation of nearly 1,000 homes. Five structures have been destroyed by the blaze.

The fire broke out Thursday near a hydroelectric plant and quickly burned through thick, dry brush. Crews have been battling triple-digit temperatures and strong, erratic winds that have pushed the fire up and down steep slopes. The blaze is 20 percent contained.

A blaze near Santa Fe, New Mexico, has spread to nearly 10 square miles since it was sparked by a downed power line on Friday, enveloping the city in a thick haze. Residents of about 140 homes have been evacuated as a crew of more than 400 battles to keep it at bay. The fire was zero percent contained as of Sunday morning.

Check out this eerily beautiful time-lapse of the fire that's rapidly spreading in New Mexico.

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