California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa counties Sunday, as the Valley Fire continued to bring pain and loss.
His announcement, which will help expedite debris removal and waive fees to replace essential documents like birth certificates for those who’ve had to abandon their homes and belongings, came one day after four firefighters were injured.
The fire had grown to some 50,000 acres.
Thousands fled as mandatory evacuations were ordered for the communities of Cobb, Middletown, Harbin Hot Springs and Big Canyon Road. More than 5,000 are without power, according to Berlant.
The Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties, about 70 miles east of Sacramento, grew to 65,000 acres, Cal Fire reported. It has destroyed at least 85 residences and 50 outbuildings and threatens 6,150 homes.
Residents of Lake & Calaveras counties who were impacted by the wildfires can apply for assistance online. (http://www.disasterassistance.gov)