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California city devastated by brush fire as record heat burns a path of destruction

Firefighters battled destructive fire Saturday that snaked through a hillside area of Goleta, one of several blazes that destroyed homes during a record-setting heat wave in Southern California.

Fire firefighters spent the night and morning in pitched battle against the Holiday fire, which exploded Friday night in 100-degree temperatures and dangerous "sundowner" winds that made the blaze impossible to control.

Santa Barbara County said 20 structures had burned and 2,000 people left their homes. The fire had burned 50 to 80 acres and was 5 percent

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