LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — One Southern California wildfire burned three homes in the desert while another much larger one grew to over 15 square miles in the mountains as blazes erupted the across drought-parched state.

A 60-acre fire erupted in a palm grove in the desert town of Thermal, 135 miles southeast of Los Angeles. By late Thursday, it had burned three homes and several outbuildings, state fire officials reported.

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