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Firefighters battle the Blue Cut wildfire burning near Cajon Pass

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Firefighters battle the Blue Cut wildfire burning near Cajon Pass, north of San Bernardino, California on August 16, 2016.

A rapidly spreading fire raging east of Los Angeles forced the evacuation of more than 82,000 people on August 16 as the governor of California declared a state of emergency. Despite the efforts of 1,250 firefighters with more on the way, none of the inferno was contained as of late on August 16 , state firefighting agency Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff told AFP.

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The wildfire poses “imminent threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures,” according to the website, which said 82,640 people fell under an evacuation warning.