(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California is in a state of emergency as wildfires rage on.
On Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as firefighters continue to battle nearly two dozen wildfires. Daniel Berlant, a Cal Fire spokesman, said nearly 9,000 firefighters are on the front line.
“Right now, our largest fire that continues to threaten thousands of homes is the Rocky Fire burning in Lake County,” Berlant told ABC News. “That’s north of San Francisco. That fire has now charred well over 22,000 acres. There are still evacuations in effect.”
Joan Jacobs, a resident of Lake County, described to ABC News what the area is like.
“It’s like being in, in another world, with the smells, the embers, I mean it’s still burning here,” Jacobs said.
“We’ve seen at least a dozen homes and outbuildings destroyed so far by this fire,” said Berlant of the Rocky Fire. “Now thousands more are threatened, but firefighters are really putting up a good fight, trying to protect those homes.”
The National Weather Services also issued a Red Flag Warning for the northern part of California because of the dry thunderstorms and gusty winds.
“We are continuing to see the threat of dry lightning,” said Berlant. “That’s where thunderstorm systems move over the area, bring lightning but very little to no rain at all. That threat will continue through Sunday.”
Cal Fire Capt. Ron Oatman says residents of the affected areas should be prepared for evacuations so they’re not surprised when they get a phone call or a knock on the door.
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