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Wildfires menace southern California, thousands evacuated

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Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Residents watch as firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Helicopters drop fire retardant as firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. More than 20 structures, including several homes, burned to the ground and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday, as a wind-lashed wildfire roared out of control in the heart of a Southern California coastal community. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Residents watch as firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Helicopters drop fire retardant as firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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A DC-10 Super Tanker aircraft flies by after dumping flame retardant as firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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A helicopter is seen as firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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A helicopter is seen as firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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A DC-10 Super Tanker aircraft dumps flame retardant as firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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After climbing a hillside to view the so-called Poinsettia Fire, residents are evacuated by police as yet another wildfire near San Diego moves up a hillside near San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Students from California State University, San Marcos, put out hot spots with fire extinguishers as firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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An emergency vehicle makes is way past a rising moon as it travels along a burned-out hillside near San Marcos, California May 14, 2014.REUTERS/Mike Blake

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An emergency vehicle makes is way past a rising moon as it travels along a burned-out hillside near San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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A wildfire burns into the night near San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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A wildfire continues to burn into the night in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Police officers patrol an evacuated neighborhood after a wildfire forced residents to flee, in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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A wildfire burns in the hills near San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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A fire fighting helicopter flies over a burning home on a hillside near San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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A fire fighting helicopter carries water as it fights a fire on a hillside near San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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A helicopter drops water on a wildfire in Fallbrook, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker

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Firefighters battle the so-called Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Firefighters battle the so-called Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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A wildfire burns through a canyon in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Firefighters in a helicopter drop water on the so-called Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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A burning home is doused with water as firefighters battle with wildfires in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Firefighters battle the so-called Poinsettia Fire as it turns and heads east towards another subdivision of homes in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Firefighters battle the so-called Poinsettia Fire as it turns and heads east towards another subdivision of homes in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Firefighters arrive to battle wildfires in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Greg Saska watches his mother's house burn as firefighters battle a fire in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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A helicopter drops water as firefighters battle a fire in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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Firefighters battle the so-called Poinsettia Fire as it turns and heads east towards another subdivision of homes in Carlsbad, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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