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1,500 homes lost; $1B loss in San Diego area
Above: A helicopter swoops in close to wildfire flames to make a water drop over the Del Dios neighborhood of Escondido, Calif., on Tuesday. Below: Kristina Ford, right, hugs friend and neighbor Fran Meyers as they watch efforts to save Ford's home and others in the High Valley area of Poway, Calif., where at least a dozen homes were destroyed Tuesday. Meyers did not know the fate of her home.