LOWER LAKE, Calif. (CBS SF) — Drought-stricken California declared a state of emergency as 25 wildfires continue to burn across the state.

The largest blaze known as the Rocky Fire in the Lower Lake area tripled in size over the weekend to 60,000 acres, generating its own winds that spread the flames at an unprecedented rate.

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So far, 12,000 people have been forced from their homes or are being advised to leave. And by the look of these photos, it’s obvious why many are heeding the warning.

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