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The Wall Street Journal: At least 5 dead as wildfires force evacuations in Northern and Southern California

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Wildfires raged Friday on both ends of California, with at least five people killed in the north and authorities ordering evacuations in the south, including the area still reeling from a mass shooting at a country-music bar earlier in the week.

The Woolsey Fire exploded to more than 14,000 acres after starting Thursday in a tinder-dry canyon of Ventura County. It raced toward the Pacific Ocean and prompted mandatory evacuations of as many as 75,000 homes all the way to the coast in Malibu.

Authorities Friday afternoon opened all four lanes of the northbound Pacific Coast Highway to southbound traffic, to hasten the flow of evacuees fleeing the path of the fire.

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