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Sandstorm and fires hit dry Southern California

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fires erupted in the hills above Los Angeles, damaging or destroying several homes, as dangerous north winds swept dry Southern California. Farther inland, a blinding sandstorm triggered a deadly highway pileup.

Wind speeds of more than 50 mph were propelling a 15-acre blaze in grass near expensive homes above the city of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers said.

Fires erupted on the roofs of homes and several were damaged or destroyed, but there were no specific details, Myers said.

A morning pileup on I-40 killed one person and injured several others near Barstow during zero-visibility conditions, county fire spokeswoman Tracey Martinez said.