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Wildfires In Northern California Cause State Of Emergency, Burning Over 50,000 Acres



More than 50,000 acres are burning in Napa and Sonoma counties alone. Authorities say wildfires have destroyed at least 1,500 homes, businesses and other structures.

State fire officials warned that the conditions, particularly winds that at times exceeded 50 miles per hour, would likely exacerbate the fires in the days ahead. At least 14 separate blazes burned in eight Northern California counties, prompting evacuations of more than 20,000 frightened residents, including patients in threatened hospitals.

Source : Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post