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Fires Rage Over 27,000 Acres Near Joshua Tree National Park...

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A wildfire continued burning in Yucca Valley this morning, with no indication when the blaze would be contained.

The fire, which has consumed more than 27,000 acres, has burned for four days and destroyed more than 30 homes and outbuildings in and around Pioneertown, the Old West outpost and former movie set outside Joshua Tree National Park in San Bernardino County, fire officials said.

More than eight injuries to firefighters and residents have been reported. More than 2,500 firefighters were battling the blaze.

Fed by winds as fierce as 40 mph, the fire has been renamed the Sawtooth Complex fire. It was caused by a lightning strike about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

More than 1,000 people have evacuated. An aid center was established at Yucca Valley High School.

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