California Wildfires Wreak Havoc, Force Thousands to Evacuate – ABC News

Two massive wildfires raged out of control in California, destroying buildings, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people, and injuring four firefighters.

The Valley fire in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, grew to 62.5 square miles (40,000 acres) Sunday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The four firefighters injured battling the blaze suffered second-degree burns and were hospitalized in stable condition.

Two towns and people living along a stretch of State Route 29 were forced to evacuate.

About 60 miles southeast of Sacramento, the Butte fire roared through brush in the foothills, having burned more than 101 square miles (65,000 acres) and forced 2,700 people out of their homes since it ignited Wednesday.

More than 3,850 firefighters were battling that blaze, which was 15 percent contained.

It had destroyed 86 homes, 51 other buildings, and was threatening about 6,400 more.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, which would expedite funding and resources to battle the blazes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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