Firefighters battle the Blue Cut wildfire near Cajon Pass, north of San Bernardino, California on August 16, 2016. / AFP / RINGO CHIU
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Hundreds of firefighters were battling a wildfire raging out of control in drought-stricken Southern California Wednesday after flames forced more than 80,000 residents to flee and charred more than 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares) of heavy brush, officials said.The Bluecut Fire, which erupted Tuesday morning north of the city of San Bernardino in an area called the Cajon Pass, was zero percent contained and has destroyed an unknown number of structures, fire officials said.Smoke from the fire could be seen and smelled as far away as Las Vegas, more than 200 miles (321 km) northeast, fire officials in the area said early on Wednesday.
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