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Articles by Marty Loftin

Sudden wildfire is like a glimpse into hell. Almost instantly, a once idyllic Californian landscape can be transformed into an inferno of blackened palm trees and burnt-out buildings.

At any moment, thousands of people are at risk of this suddenly becoming their reality.

Across the state, 17 scattered wildfires swept up California in a whirlwind of turmoil last week, with many firefighters risking their lives to contain them as thousands of people struggled with evacuation.