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Fire forces evacuation of campus, homes in Calif.

Friday - 5/3/2013, 4:30am  ET

Reuben Ruiz makes a phone call as he watches the flames from a brush fire in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Ventura County Star, Troy Harvey) LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT

CHRISTOPHER WEBER
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A wildfire fanned by a long day of Santa Ana winds raged along the edges of Southern California communities and coastal highways Thursday, forcing the evacuation of a university and hundreds of homes and threatening 2,000 more, officials said.

The blaze erupted during morning rush hour along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It was quickly spread by winds, which also pushed other damaging blazes across the region.

Flames quickly moved down slopes toward subdivisions, and about 8,000 acres -- or 12
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