At least 8 dead as 17 major fires burn across California

A house burns down near Finley, California.
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There are at least 17 major fires burning in California, with more than 12,000 firefighters trying to battle the blazes, Jonathan Cox, Cal Fire battalion chief and information officer, said on Monday.

As of Sunday, more than 200,000 acres had burned, and new fires popped up on Monday, including one that has already destroyed a community of townhouses in Santa Clarita and continues to threaten homes there. "Resources are obviously stretched thin," Cox said, and 150 fire engines from at least a dozen states, including New Jersey and Florida, are headed to California to help.

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