Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in three Northern California counties where wildfires have forced evacuations, closed roads and destroyed dozens of homes and other structures.
Fire officials say dozens of buildings, many of them likely homes, have been destroyed in a fire burning outside the Northern California community of Manton.
A huge wildfire sparked by lightning in Northern California burned to the edge of three small towns Monday, scorching nearly 20,000 acres, and threatening thousands of homes as fearful residents sought safety miles away at an emergency shelter.
Firefighters have been making progress against a series of wildfires burning in Northern California, but lightning sparked more than a dozen new fires late Friday and early Saturday.
A firefighting crew made up of military veterans has recently been assembled by the Bureau of Land Management to battle California’s fires.
The “Walker” and “Wye” fires have burned 7,934 acres since they started around 4 p.m. Sunday. Full containment is expected by Monday.
Hundreds of evacuees have been allowed to return home as crews are continuing to make progress against a Lake County wildfire that has now grown to about 5 square miles.
Firefighters from across the Bay Area and California are in Lake County on Monday, where two separate grass fires continue to burn thousands of acres and threaten hundreds of homes, Cal Fire officials said.
A new report shows that more wildfires, heat wave and rising seas are expected because of climate change in the state.
Lower temperatures and an increase in humidity were a welcome relief to firefighters battling a wildfire that has destroyed one home and forced evacuations from dozens of others in Placer County.