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    As officials battled blazes elsewhere, residents of Cornell, California, chose to take on the fires rather than flee

    Even as black smoke filled the skies and flames swept the hillsides, residents of Cornell, California, hoped their homes would stay safe. Many in the small town tucked into the Santa Monica mountains had dealt with wildfires before and no one expected the fire would jump the freeway.

    By dawn last Friday, the Woolsey fire – now considered the most destructive in Los Angeles county’s history – descended on Cornell. Stretched thin as they battled the enormous Camp fire in the state’s north, firefighters weren’t there to stop the flames from spreading.

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    (@)Gabrielle Canon in Cornell, California

    Published on 17 Nov 2018 at 07:00AM

    Roger Kelton searches through the remains of his mother-in-law’s home leveled by the Woolsey Fire, in Agoura Hills, near Cornell, California. Morgan Runyon sits with a friend on the porch of his restaurant The Old Place after ignoring evacuation orders to stay behind and save the restaurant from the Woolsey fire. A worker looks on near a bridge destroyed by the heat from the Woolsey fire, in Cornell.

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