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(SAN ANDREAS, Calif.) — A massive wildfire is threatening thousands of homes south of Sacramento, prompting California governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Authorities say 2700 people were told to evacuate Friday before the fire shifted, allowing some residents to remain in their homes. However, hundreds of people from smaller communities are displaced.

Josh Farmer, a local resident, says “I got off work saw all the flames saw they were starting to evacuate San Andreas a little bit and before the mandatory evacuation we decided to just cut out cause the flames were coming over this hill right here and our apartments are like not that far from it.”

The fire has exploded in size over the last few days to 65,000 acres, and is responsible for the destruction of at least six homes.

Firefighters have been hampered by extreme heat in the area, which is expected to continue through the weekend.

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