Governor declares state of emergency in Lake and Napa counties
California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa Counties after a wildfire charred more than 60 square miles within 12 hours, prompting thousands to flee their homes.
The fire about 100 miles north of San Francisco has destroyed an unconfirmed number of homes and other buildings and damaged highways and other infrastructure. Four firefighters suffered second-degree burns in fighting the blaze and are hospitalized in stable condition.
Brown said Sunday the declaration will expedite debris removal and waive fees to people who need to replace official documents lost in the fire.
The governor had earlier declared a state of emergency for a separate 101-square-mile wildfire about 70 miles southeast of Sacramento that has destroyed 86 homes. More than 4,000 firefighters are working to beat back the flames and crews increased containment to 20 percent by early Sunday.