FRESNO, Calif. – Heavy winds sweeping across the West fueled fast-growing wildfires and forced mass evacuations as firefighters battled gamely to protect lives, homes and businesses.
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Northern and Central California was again under siege Wednesday as Diablo winds fanned the flames of roaring, historic fires burning virtually uncontrolled. Fifteen firefighters were injured after deploying emergency shelters as flames from the Dolan Fire destroyed a fire station in the Los Padres National Forest on the state’s central coast, the U.S. Forest Service said.
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