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Growing wildfire north of Los Angeles threatens 1,000 homes

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -

A fire official says a big wildfire in mountains just north of Los Angeles and its suburbs is a threat to 1,000 homes.
    
A Los Angeles County deputy fire chief says a wind shift is expected Saturday afternoon and communities have been put on alert. In the event of extreme fire behavior, 45,000 homes could be threatened, largely in the San Fernando Valley.
    
The fire erupted Friday afternoon in the city of Santa Clarita and spread southeastward into the Angeles National Forest, scorching more than 17 square miles.
    
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy says the fire is 10 percent contained.
    
Judy says the Wildlife Waystation, a private sanctuary for rescued exotic animals, is being evacuated. The Wildlife Waystation has about 400 animals on 160 acres within the national forest.
    
Meanwhile, another fire near Big Sur on California's scenic Central Coast has nearly doubled in size to almost 3 square miles. The state forestry department says that blaze also threatens 1,000 homes and the Monterey County community of Palo Colorado has been ordered evacuated.

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