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Northern California wildfire triggers evacuations as 70 large blazes burn across West

A fast-growing wildfire in northern California led to evacuation orders, a highway closure and a bike event cancelation — as the threat of "dry lightning" prompted red flag warnings to be issued across the state.

The big picture: The Tamarack Fire, south of Lake Tahoe near the Nevada border, is among 70 large fires burning across over a million acres in the U.S., including nine in California. It comes as another heat wave grips the country, this time with the intensity focused on the northwest and northern areas.

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