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California wildfire explodes in size, rampages through town of Paradise

A plume of smoke rises above the Camp Fire. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A plume of smoke rises above the Camp Fire. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A massive and rapidly-spreading California wildfire ignited Thursday, and within six hours grew to 18,000 acres in size, according to Cal Fire. The fire overran the town of Paradise, forcing its 30,000 residents to flee by any means possible. Multiple structures were reportedly destroyed.

Thought bubble from Axios Science Editor Andrew Freedman: This is the latest in a string of fast-moving, explosive wildfires that has spread into a populated area on short notice. Similar to other wildfires from the past two years, this one involved high winds and near-record dry conditions. The fire is the latest example of how climate change is leading to more extreme behavior by making the combination of very hot, extremely dry conditions both more intense and more frequent.

Benioff-backed homeless aid measure passes in San Francisco

Homeless man pushes green rolly bag in front of San Francisco City Hall dome.
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Salesforce founder Marc Benioff scored a major victory in Tuesday's election as voters approved a bill he had strongly backed to help end homelessness in San Francisco.

Why it matters: The initiative, known as Proposition C, will require big businesses (including Salesforce) to pay for new services to help fight homelessness.

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