Wind-whipped fires rage across California as lights go dark

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TERENCE CHEA and JOCELYN GECKER Associated Press GEYSERVILLE (AP) — Fast-growing fires throughout California forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes Thursday as dry winds and high heat fed both the flames and fears in a state still jittery from devastating wildfires in the last two years. Officials said they did not yet know how many homes had burned and that no immediate injuries were reported. It's not clear how any of the blazes began. In Northern California wine country, authorities ordered 2,000 people to evacuate as a wildfire exploded to more than 15 square miles (39 square kilometers), whipped up by the strong winds that prompted utilities statewide to impose blackouts to prevent such fires from igniting. The state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, re
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