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Californian brush fires brought under control

Brush fires that have swept the region surrounding Santa Barbara in southern California are finally being brought under control.

Fanned by 60mph winds, the fires threatened to consume the city and led to 30,000 people being evacuated from their homes.

The fires have caused an estimated $109 million of damage to private properties in the region and have also been blamed for stalling an already slow tourism market.

The city is known locally as the Riviera and is also popular with celebrities. Both Oprah Winfrey and John Cleese have homes there.

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