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Thick smoke filled the air in southern California after flames broke out early Thursday morning.

Major fire in southern California

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    Thursday, January 16, 2014, 4:38 PM -

    Thick smoke filled the air in southern California after flames broke out early Thursday morning.

    On the ground, hundreds of firefighters battled the so-called "Colby fire".

    As of Thursday afternoon, the fire had burned nearly 700 hectares of land about 48 km east of Los Angeles.

    At least one person was hurt and two homes destroyed.


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    Authorities say they believe the fire started when three men tossed paper into a campfire, and a sudden gust of wind apparently spread the embers.

    Investigators say the men were arrested on suspicion of recklessly starting a fire.

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