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Calif. fires shut restaurants, offices

SAN DIEGO Jack in the Box closed its headquarters here on Monday and Tuesday and Starbucks shuttered 120 units because of the fires raging in Southern California, Reuters reported Tuesday afternoon.

The report also said that 16 McDonald’s units had shut because of the blazes.

The San Diego-based Pat & Oscar's chain sent an e-mail to employees and associates on Tuesday evening, noting that "we have several in the Pat & Oscar’s family whose lives have been affected by this terrible tragedy, including many in our corporate office." The communication indicated that the chain's Carmel Valley and Carmel Mountain Ranch branches were closed, and that other outlets were running on abbreviated schedules or featuring a limited menu because of problems in getting supplies. "The restaurants are making every effort to keep our locations open and take care of our affected family members," the missive read. It projected that operations would return to normal by Monday. 

About 17 separate fires are believed to be burning in the 200-plus-mile swath of land extending from Santa Barbara south to Mexico. More than a half million people in California have been ordered to evacuate, according to news reports.

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