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California fires: 27 killed; mayor warns Calistoga residents to flee

The mayor of a small town threatened by one of Northern California's devastating wildfires had a stern message Thursday for residents who hadn't evacuated yet: Leave, or you're on your own.

Evacuations were ordered a day earlier for Calistoga, a city of about 5,000 people in Napa County, as a fire -- one of a series of blazes that have killed at least 27 people in the region -- burned nearby.

Flames were approaching the city limits Thursday, and a few people have ignored evacuation orders, Mayor Chris Canning said.

"Your choice to stay ... is a distraction to our first responders. You will not be given life safety support at this point. You are on your own," Canning said Thursday morning at a news conference.

Sleep-deprived, soot-covered firefighters are working to contain the wildfires, even as some of their own homes have been hit.

Still, the wind hadn't picked up as much as feared Wednesday and Thursday, and firefighter reinforcements are coming from across the state and the country, Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said.

Both factors are "starting to give us the upper hand, allowing us to

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