A firefighter keeps an eye on a hillside for any stray embers during a firing operation in Santa Monica Canyon. Photo: AP A firefighter keeps an eye on a hillside for any stray embers during a firing operation in Santa Monica Canyon. Photo: AP
A firefighter keeps an eye on a hillside for any stray embers during a firing operation in Santa Monica Canyon. Photo: AP

‘There’s so much ash, everything is white’: wildfire engulfs hills of southern California, forcing wealthy residents to evacuate

Fires are not typical in southern California this time of year but can break out when dry vegetation and too little rain combine with the winds

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A firefighter keeps an eye on a hillside for any stray embers during a firing operation in Santa Monica Canyon. Photo: AP A firefighter keeps an eye on a hillside for any stray embers during a firing operation in Santa Monica Canyon. Photo: AP
A firefighter keeps an eye on a hillside for any stray embers during a firing operation in Santa Monica Canyon. Photo: AP
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