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Fire rages in LA's tony Bel-Air

Five blazes close highways, schools; 200,000 Californians flee

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Photographs by AP/NOAH BERGER

Flames from a wildfire leap above traffic Wednesday on California 101 north of Ventura, Calif.

A wildfire broke out in Los Angeles' exclusive Bel-Air section Wednesday as yet another part of Southern California found itself under siege from an outbreak of wind-whipped blazes that have consumed multimillion-dollar houses and tract homes alike.

Bree Laubacher looks through the ashes of her home Wednesday in Ventura, Calif., one of hundreds in the Los Angeles area that have been destroyed by w...

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