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The home to the San Diego Chargers was transformed overnight into the home for more than 12,000 people seeking shelter from wildfires that have swept through the region.

Outside, thousands more filled about half the spaces in the 18,000-vehicle, 122-acre parking lot.

Many of them were setting up tents beside their cars and trucks.

Anticipating more arrivals, the Federal Emergency Management Agency delivered 25,000 cots to the city-owned, 40-year-old structure.

With more than 321,000 people forced from their homes by late morning Tuesday, FEMA's precautions appeared timely. Read full article »

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez contributed to this report.

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