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<p>California fire torches almost 20,000 acres, threatens thousands of homes</p>

<p>It's already torched more than 30 square miles, but a massive mountain fire in southern California is nowhere near under control. The blaze, near Idyllwild and Fern Valley, prompted an evacuation order for about 6,000 residents, Forest Service spokeswoman Melody Lardner said. More than 4,000 homes are threatened by the fire.</p>

California fire torches almost 20,000 acres, threatens thousands of homes

It's already torched more than 30 square miles, but a massive mountain fire in southern California is nowhere near under control. The blaze, near Idyllwild and Fern Valley, prompted an evacuation order for about 6,000 residents, Forest Service spokeswoman Melody Lardner said. More than 4,000 homes are threatened by the fire.

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Idyllwild fire has torched more than 35 square miles

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IDYLLWILD, Calif. — It’s already torched more than 35 square miles — and the massive mountain fire in Southern California is nowhere near under control.