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  • 14 May 2014, 9:51

Thousands Evacuated As Wildfires Hit California

A wildfire has forced officials to evacuate more than 20,000 homes and three schools in southern California.

The 700-acre blaze in San Diego has been caused by dry weather and winds.

At least another six fires have been reported in the state, said Daniel Berlant of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

There are fears of more wildfires with warm weather expected to continue over the next few days.

Los Angeles and neighbouring cities have introduced parking restrictions in some areas to make sure emergency vehicles can get through if fires start.

Months of drought have left much of the landscape ready to burn.

"Fire season last year never really ended in Southern California," Mr Berlant said.

Emergency teams have responded to more than 1,350 fires since January 1, compared with an average of 700 by this time of year.