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San Francisco/Los Angeles  — Californians are in their sixth month of sheltering in place because of a pandemic that’s killed more than 11,000 residents. Now a new crisis is forcing people to prepare to flee their homes at a moment’s notice — hundreds of wildfires.

“This really is unprecedented,” said Bela Matyas, health officer of Northern California’s Solano County, where thousands of residents of Vacaville were forced to evacuate as fires crept towards the city. “We need people ideally to be able to stay in their homes and not be socialising with people, not be congregating.”..

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