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TODAY   |  July 18, 2013

Thousands evacuated due to Calif. wildfire

Close to 6,000 people in Southern California have been forced to leave their homes as a wildfire spreads through dry brush. At least 2,000 homes are threatened. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>> that big wildfire in southern california , where a raging wildfire has forced thousands of people to evacuate. nbc's miguel almaguer in mountain center , california. anxious times for the folks there.

>> reporter: about 6,000 people have been forced to flee the flames in this region. while the flames are out of sight right now, they certainly are brewing in the mountains behind me. they are feeding on bone dry brush. this fire has been called explosive at times, bill owing out of control as it moves from region to region. at least 2,000 homes are threatened this morning. some 2,000 firefighters are here on the ground trying to attack this blaze, mostly from the air as ground crews work to build containment lines. so far this morning, about 15% of this fire is contained. again, we do expect some winds later on today, expected to fan the flames here. this blaze is on the move. tamron, we should mention right now, it's only about 40 degrees here in southern california , but we expect about a 60 degree shift, up to triple digits by late this afternoon, tamron.