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May 16th, 2014
04:35 PM ET

'Unprecedented' wildfires, fierce winds lead to 'firenadoes' in California

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San Marcos, California (CNN) - When Elisha Exon saw towers of smoke looming over her San Marcos, California, home, she knew it was for time to go. The only problem: All the nearby places she'd normally take her family in an emergency were threatened by fire, too.

"You kind of feel like your only safety would be to hop town, completely," she told CNN's "New Day."

The stunning explosion of fires around San Diego County - eight in all, seven still burning - stirred suspicions of arson and sent thousands of people fleeing from their homes beginning Tuesday.

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