Hell On Earth

Excerpt: More than 13 wildfires swept California last week. Wildfire: A fire that burns fast and is hard to put out.

That Webster's definition hardly captures the reality of the ravenous flames of 13 fires that blackened more than 503,000 acres across seven counties, destroying some 2,000 homes, buildings and businesses, injuring 71 firefighters and 30 civilians, killing seven people and an unknown number of animals, wild and domestic – at a cost of more than $2 billion.

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