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Helicopter crews take on California's Maria fire with nighttime flights

Ventura County Fire crews battling the Maria Fire in California used nighttime helicopter flights to control the blaze, according to local authorities. “Helicopters that fight fire at night are not common. They take special knowledge, skills, training and technology,” Ventura County Fire wrote on Twitter. The Maria Fire broke out in the hills above Santa Paula and began to spread on Thursday evening, October 31. By the evening of November 3, authorities said, the fire has grown to 9,412 acres but was 70 percent contained. Only two structures were destroyed by the fire, but widespread evacuation orders were in place. The Ventura County Sheriff said that 1,800 structures were threatened as the fire grew on October 31 and that 7,500 people were under evacuation orders. Credit: Ventura County Fire via Storyful

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