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Firefighters struggle to extinguish Southwest wildfires

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>> Triple-digit temperatures complicating the effort to knock down several wildfires in the southwest. Officials say a fire that broke out Sunday near San Diego has charred more than 2,000 acres and was only 5% contained on Monday. Reuters photographer Mike Blake is there.>> Mike Blake, and I'm just north of Campo in Southern California, close to the Mexican border where a wildfire has brushed through here today, evacuating hundreds of people.
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Firefighters fought it mostly from the air, but with temperatures well over 100 degrees, and actually right now it's still 109, late in the afternoon. There are spot fires still to get caught up with, and one of the strangest things I saw here was there was an emu farm here and the emus were running all through the area, down the road.
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A lot of damage has been done to nature here, but the fire department has done a pretty good job of protecting people's homes.>> Another fire near Santa Barbara, California, has been burning for almost a week as crews work to keep it under control. The so called Sherpa Fire has been called the Sleeping Giant because of the bone dry brush, which hasn't burned in decades.
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And a wildfire in central New Mexico, also burning since last week, has destroyed 24 homes and claimed more than 17,000 acres.