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Raging California wildfires burned 80 cell towers, hampering evacuation alerts

Mashable Thursday, 12 October 2017 ()
Surging California wildfires spread so quickly into some neighborhoods that emergency texts, phone calls, and tweets could not be sent to alert people of the approaching flames.

These unprecedented fires, fueled by dry vegetation after a wet winter and scorchingly hot summer and unrelenting "Diablo" winds, have so far killed...
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News video: California wildfires: “This is hell”

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Firefighters are battling to contain wildfires in Northern California. 15 separate blazes have killed at least ten people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. Fanned by high temperatures and dry conditions, the 15 fires broke out over the weekend and spread to cover an estimated 73,000...

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