Death toll after wild fires in California reaches nine
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As wildfires swept over a large swath of California on Friday, the authorities said at least nine people had been killed in a blaze that decimated a retirement community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

Emergency workers at both ends of the state fought back the unrelenting fires as the northern city of Paradise smoldered and tens of thousands of residents west of Los Angeles fled their homes and jammed onto highways.

The bodies of five people were found “in vehicles that were overcome” by the fire in Butte County, Sheriff Kory L. Honea said, adding that they had been so badly burned they could not immediately be identified.

More than 1.4 million acres have burned so far this year in California, roughly equal to the totals from the very destructive year of 2017, said Scott McLean, the deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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