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Firefighters continue battle against fires in California

Firefighters were on the front lines Thursday in Sonoma, California fighting to snuff out wildfire hot spots, as evacuating residents were leaving with the belongings they could carry and haul away, with fire danger still threatening the area.

Some of the California's most historic tourist sites, including Sonoma city and Calistoga in Napa Valley, were ghost towns on Thursday as firefighters tried to stop the advancing infernos that are becoming the deadliest in the state's history.

Authorities issued a voluntary evacuation order for Sonoma as high winds were expected Thursday in areas north of San Francisco. Crews utilized "back burns" in the area, or intentionally set dry brush ablaze to create a buffer zone.

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