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    Rincon Valley fire captain Fred Leunberger watches as a pine tree torches out on the head of the Yellow fire above Knights Valley, Calif., Wednesday.

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    Rincon Valley firefighter Nate DeJung keeps check on the head of the Yellow fire above Knights Valley, Calif., Wednesday May 1, 2013. The fire started early Wednesday morning on the rugged border between Napa and Sonoma Counties and roared through tall stands of pine trees. Crews were securing the perimeter of the fire in the afternoon. (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

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    Fire crews respond to a fire that damaged a home on Wednesday May 1, 2013 in Knights Valley, Calif. Crews battled two small wildfires on Wednesday in California wine country that were pushed by gusty winds. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

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    A wind driven vegetation fire eats up timber at the Yellow Jacket Ranch east of Highway 128, early Wednesday May 1, 2013 in Knights Valley, Calif., on the Napa and Sonoma County line. Crews battled two small wildfires on Wednesday in California wine country that were pushed by gusty winds. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

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    Riverside County firefighters working hose lines are engulfed in smoke as they battle a brush fire burning in the hills above, Banning, Calif., on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Terry Pierson)

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    A line of cows walk in area burnt by a wildfire in the Banning Bench area of Riverside county on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Banning, Calif. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Richard Lui)

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    A wind driven vegetation fire eats up timber at the Yellow Jacket Ranch east of Highway 128, early Wednesday May 1, 2013 in Knights Valley, Calif., on the Napa and Sonoma County line. Crews battled two small wildfires on Wednesday in California wine country that were pushed by gusty winds. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

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    Fire crews respond to a wind driven vegetation fire that damaged this home on Highway 128 early Wednesday May 1, 2013 in Knights Valley, Calif. Crews battled two small wildfires on Wednesday in California wine country that were pushed by gusty winds. (AP Photo/The Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

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Rincon Valley fire captain Fred Leunberger watches as a pine tree torches out on the head of the Yellow fire above Knights Valley, Calif., Wednesday.

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LOS ANGELES — Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles where a wildfire is raging close to subdivisions.

The blaze on the fringes of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks broke out early today and was quickly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders include California State University, Channel Islands.

About 100 miles to the east, four residences have burned in a grass fire that has prompted the evacuation of an elementary school in Jurupa Valley.

Other fires are burning around the state with various degrees of containment.

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