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The authorities feared the sparking of new fires, as well as the spread of those that have burned this week and charred more than 110,000 acres of Southern California. Chief Pimlott said forecasters were using a purple color on maps to indicate an “extreme” fire risk, which he called an unprecedented designation.

“We’ve never used purple before,” said the chief, whose agency warned of “epic winds” racing across an extremely dry, and densely populated, region.

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