Californians hit hard hard with weekend of wildfire fears

Firefighters battling the Dixie Fire clear Highway 89 after a burned tree fell across the roadway in Plumas County, Friday, Aug. 6. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Daisy Nguyen and Noah BergerThe Associated PressGREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) – After four years of homelessness, Kesia Studebaker thought she finally landed on her feet when she found a job cooking in a diner and moved into a house in the small community of Greenville.She had been renting for three months and was hoping stability would help her win back custody of her 14-year-old daughter. But in just one night, a raging wildfire tore through the mountain town and “took it all away,” she said.Fueled by strong winds and bone-dry vegetation, the Dixie Fire grew to become the largest single wildfire in state history. People living in the scenic forestlands of Northern California were facing a weekend of fear as it threatened to reduce thousands of homes to ashes.“We kne
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