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Thousands Evacuated After California Wildfires

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) stated that over 19,300 have been displaced and evacuated following what has been reported to be the most devastating fire in the Western United States this year. Jeremy Brown, Governor of California, declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. Some of the areas that were affected include the western Sierras, Middletown, west of Sacramento, and Lake County.

It has been reported that at least 81 houses and 130 buildings were engulfed in the flames, though Cal Fire has said that affected structures are in the thousands with an estimated 6,400 at least. In the first 12 hours of the flames alone, over 40,000 acres of forest were set ablaze. The long-suffered drought as well as the heat wave that has since carried over from the week prior made the fire more difficult to contain than it already was, according to a spokesman of Cal Fire.

Communities have been leveled to the ground in ash and soot as the fire has lasted well onto Sunday, the 13th of September. In a posts on social media from a certain Laura Streblow (27), an evacuee from Hidden Valley Lake alongside her boyfriend, she says “Middleton is basically gone” as she fled from the flames.
(Source: Reuters)