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School Children Evacuated as Wildfire Looms in California

Children are evacuated from the Weed Elementary School in Weed, Calif., as a wildfire burns nearby on Sept. 15, 2014. Mercedes Castillo

Children were evacuated from the Weed Elementary School in Weed, Calif., in front of a sky filled with smoke from a nearby wildfire on Monday. The wind-whipped wildfire laid siege to Weed, a California town at the foot of Mount Shasta, destroying a church, damaging or leveling 100 homes and forcing authorities to order about half the people to leave.

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Children are evacuated from the Weed Elementary School in Weed, Calif., as a wildfire burns nearby on Sept. 15, 2014. Mercedes Castillo