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California Easy fire: Dramatic videos show Ronald Reagan Presidential Library threatened by flames

The Reagan library contains a number of unique artifacts, including the Boeing airplane that Ronald Reagan used for Air Force One.

California Easy fire: Dramatic videos show Ronald Reagan Presidential Library threatened by flames
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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, is among the structures under imminent threat from a new wildfire spreading rapidly through Southern California. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued this morning for Simi Valley and Moorpark, according to CBSN Los Angeles, as firefighters stepped up their efforts to contain the blaze.

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Dramatic photos and videos posted to social media show just how dangerously close to the Reagan library the flames are getting. In some of the videos, the building appears to be under threat from both sides.

As some social media observers are pointing out, the Reagan library contains many irreplaceable artifacts, including a Boeing airplane that was used as Air Force One during Reagan’s presidency.

Simi Valley’s Easy fire is one of several large wildfires currently burning throughout California and buoyed in recent days by dry conditions and strong winds. If you’re looking for ways to help victims of these fires, we’ve rounded up a list of resources here.

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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