So. California Wildfire Forces Thousands to Flee

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The heat wave is making it tough to fight a wildfire about a hundred miles east of Los Angeles.

The fire, which is only 15 percent contained, is about 35 square miles and is devouring everything in its path, including homes and businesses.

People in its path are grabbing photos and anything else they just can't replace, and leaving their homes.

So far, 6,000 people have evacuated Idyllwild and smaller surrounding communities.

"I don't see the town burning down," resident Elaine Moore, 73, told the Press-Enterprise. "We've been through it before. We just have to keep chugging along."

No deaths have been reported and forecasters say the weather will cool down by the weekend, making it easier to contain the blaze.

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