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    Massive Southern California Wildfires Continue to Spread

    They’re relentless. The state’s biggest wildfire has now grown so much, covering 230,000 acres and displacing 88,000 people, that it’s bigger than the cities of New York and Boston combined. The Thomas fire, raging northwest of metropolitan Los Angeles, spread another 50,000 acres Sunday and authorities say it’s the fifth-largest in California’s modern history: It has destroyed hundreds of structures, claimed one life and dropped from 15 percent to 10 percent contained. Meanwhile, the 8,500 firefighters battling all six of the region’s blazes are making progress in other areas.

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