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Los Angeles — Wind-driven walls of flame spurred mass evacuations in southern California and left two firefighters seriously injured on Monday, as hundreds of thousands of residents endured a second day of power shutoffs meant to counter heightened fire risks from dry and gusty weather.

The latest threats came amid what meteorologists called the strongest onslaught of extreme winds — and lowest humidity levels — yet documented during an already epic California wildfire season ranked as the worst on record in terms of acreage burnt...

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