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(AP) - Mansions and modest homes alike are in flames in Southern California ... . Copyright © 2017 The Washington Times, LLC. Click to Read More Click to Hide

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Pow Wow politics at Harvard YardCal ThomasMemo to Jared KushnerTammy BruceMore gun safety regulations won’t help when bureaucrats are unaccountableView all SPONSORED CONTENTLocate anyone instantly, Americans addicted to new search tool.Question of the DayShould President Trump fire Robert Mueller?Question of the Day  Yes  No  Not sure   View resultsStory TOpicsDisaster_AccidentEnvironmentFlames consume a home on Via Arroyo as a wildfire rages in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec5, 2017(AP Photo/Noah Berger) more > var _informq = _informq || []; _informq.push(['hook', 'Inform-Washington-Times-Player-1/videoLoad', function(event) { }]); Print By - Associated Press - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 VENTURA, Calif(AP) - Mansions and modest homes alike are in flames in Southern California.Charging walls of fire quickly tore through suburban areas, chasing tens of thousands of people from their houses and turning their possessions to dust but sparing any deaths or serious injuries.Smoke obscured the sky in Ventura, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, leading James and Josie Ralstin to don masks Tuesday as they carried some belongings from their home in view of a burning residence.Fires are not common in December but can break out when parched vegetation and a lack of rain combine with the region’s infamously dangerous Santa Ana windsHardly any measurable rain has fallen in Southern California in the past six months.The speed of the flames served as a reminder of the wildfires in Northern California wine country eight weeks ago that killed 44 people and destroyed thousands of homes and other buildings.___Follow AP photographers and photo editors on Twitter: . LOAD COMMENTS () HIDE COMMENTSCopyri

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