California: Emergency Declared as Fire Rages as Smoke Blanketed San Francisco.

California: Emergency Declared as Fire Rages as Smoke Blanketed San Francisco.

Nearly 40 wildfires blazed across the state amid extreme weather.


On Wednesday thousands of people were ordered to evacuate the area surrounding San Francisco Bay area as nearly 40 wildfires blazed across the state amid extreme weather.

Firefighters and Police went door -to - door warning residents to evacuate immediately as fire encroached on Vacaville, a city between Sacramento and San Francisco. According to the firefighters nearly 50 structure were damaged and 50 were destroyed and 4 were injured.

The fire appeared to be headed towards densely populated state after covering few homes with flames and dense thick ashes.  

Talking to KPIX-TV Diane Bustos said that she and her husband had to flee on foot as the fire caught their vehicle.

“I got all these flames on me and I lost my shoe, but I made it. God saved me," she said.

The Vacaville reporter said that the evacuee was alerted at 2:30 am to evacuate as the fire progressed.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that the blaze was exhibiting and challenging to the firefighters.  Unexpected strong wind Fanned the flames in several rugged areas.

“Throughout the state of California right now, we are stretched thin for crews” because of the fires, said Will Powers, a state fire spokesman. “Air resources have been stretched thin throughout the whole state.”

On Tuesday Gov Gavin Newson declared a state of emergency by saying," exacerbated by the effects of the historic West Coast heat wave and sustained high winds."  

Cal Fire Spokesperson Jonathan Cox said that nearly 22000 people were evacuated in Santa Cruz and San Mateo because of the fire burning in dense wooden parkland.

This is a very active timber fire burning in two counties with a serious threat to both public safety and for structures that are out in front of it," Cox said.

In a series of the blaze in the past three years, thousands of businesses and homes were devastated in the wine-growing countries of Sonoma and Nappa.  Much of the fire was blazing from the rural area with steep terrain making it difficult for the team to move in.

Nearly 10,000 people have been evacuated and the crew is battling two blazes. They are even working on making separate arrangements for people with COVID symptoms said Christopher Godley, Sonoma county's emergency management director.

“It’s difficult to second guess what the fire commanders are doing with their aircraft. But it’s not like last year when we saw just a huge wealth of resources flowing into the county," he said. “It is what it is.”

Bill Dodd, State Sen who represents the area said that the fire burning in Sonoma and Nappa are affecting less populated area mostly.

“I think the people around here, even the people that have structures in harm’s way, understand that they’re in a more rural area and that the people in more densely populated areas have to get the resources first," he said.

20 separate lightning-sparked threatening nearly 1400 structures falling under a dense bush and rugged terrain with bad weather made fire fighting a challenge.

Rural areas and forest areas where engulfed by blazing flames near the San Francisco bay area, near Salinas Monterey county, forested area of Silicon Valley, in remote Mendocino City, Oroville Dam of Sacramento and near Nevada state line north of Lake Tahoe.

Several other areas were also burning in Southern California.

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