The worst wildfire ever? Firefighters battle huge 30,000 acre blaze that’s ‘more intense than anything before it’ and has destroyed scores of homes in bone dry California

Thursday, August 18, 2016
By Paul Martin

The Blue Cut fire ignited in Southern California brush left bone dry by years of drought on Tuesday
Flames burned homes to their foundations, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee the Cajon Pass
Authorities could not immediately say how many homes had been destroyed, but warned it was a lot
No deaths were reported, but cadaver dogs were searching for anyone who was overrun by the flames

By KHALEDA RAHMAN
DAILYMAIL.COM
18 August 2016

A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyons, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames.

By Wednesday, a day after it ignited in brush left bone dry by years of drought, the blaze had raged across more than 30,000 acres – with more than 34,000 homes and about 82,000 people told to evacuate.

Though by the end of the day, the first foothold was gained and more than 1,500 firefighters had the blaze four percent contained.

Authorities could not immediately say how many homes had been destroyed, but they warned that the number will be large.

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