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Wildfire burns homes in Southern California desert town

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California Wildfires
Posted at 1:56 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 20:04:53-04

(AP) — A wind-driven wildfire has destroyed about 20 homes and forced evacuations as it tore through the rural town of Niland in the Southern California desert near the Salton Sea.

Imperial County spokeswoman Linsey Dale says damage assessments are continuing Monday but the current estimate is 20 homes destroyed and 130 people displaced.

The American Red Cross is working to shelter them. The fire erupted Sunday evening and spread in the very small and poor agricultural community about 100 miles from San Diego.

Every local fire truck and firefighting team responded and firefighting help also came from elsewhere.