Early this Morning on Sunday September 13, 2015 California Wild Fires hit Lake and Napa counties . The counties are located 115 miles west of Sacramento. Houses are other property have been destroyed.
Another sever fire hit last Wednesday in Amador and Calaveras counties 70 miles east of Sacramento.
Thousands had been ordered to evacuate and homes and property have been destroyed.
The two fires fire are called Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties and Valley Fire in Lake and Napa. The two combined have destroyed over 100,000 acres.
Gov Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday to provide funding to fight the severe wildfires.
“More than 1,000 firefighters were dispatched to the blaze, called the Valley Fire, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the state fire agency. Four were hospitalized on Saturday to be treated for second-degree burns.
Southeast of Sacramento, more than 3,800 firefighters were battling a blaze known as the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras Counties that had burned more than 65,000 acres and was only 20 percent contained on Sunday.” – Ashley Southall of nytimes.com
Drought has caused the fires to rapidly spread, California has been facing drought and water shortage problems fro quite some time.
Residents are now left homeless. Due to the Wildfires Hundreds of people are taking shelter in Red cross facilities.
Joyce Reim from Cobb had the following to say:
“As we came down, just fire everywhere and all of our houses, our neighbor’s houses, our friends’ houses — everybody’s houses are burning up. It’s awful,” Joyce Reim, who lives in Cobb, told CNN affiliate KGO. “ -Ed Payne and Ashley Fantz, www.cnn.com
In addition, the Valley Fire has harmed the wine industry in Napa county, burning crops and wine making facilities.
In total 13 California wildfires are ongoing, fires thrive in dry hot conditions, but favourable upcoming weather may help the situation.
“…the National Weather Service issued air quality alerts for a large swath of the middle of the state as thick smoke clouded the region. Cooler temperatures and added moisture in the air is expected to help firefighters over the coming days. “ – Matthew Grimson and Elisha Fieldstadt, nbcnews.com