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Backpacking 'not affected by LA fires'

Those planning a backpacking trip to California have been reassured that the wildfires currently raging in the state have not affected the most popular areas.

A spokesperson for Visit California told the Telegraph that it is still safe to travel there.

"The fires have not affected tourist areas or attractions. We are not advising against travel at this time," the female representative noted.

Although the fires have damaged a number of buildings in residential areas, she added that Venice Beach, Pasadena and Malibu are safe for travelers.

Los Angeles International Airport is also unaffected by the blaze, according to the newspaper.

Meanwhile, it was reported last week that the Los Angeles sheriff's department has launched an investigation after it was ruled that the fires were started intentionally.

Two emergency workers, including Los Angeles fire captain Ted Hall, lost their lives after the truck they were traveling in plunged down a steep mountain pass.

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