California Governor Jerry Brown issued emergency proclamations for Riverside, Mariposa, Shasta, Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties over the past couple of days after raging wildfires claimed lives of 8 people, forced more than 37 000 to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of homes. 12 people are still missing.

The Carr Fire in Shasta County, currently the largest in the state, began July 23 when a vehicle suffered mechanical failure and has so far scorched 38 594 hectares (95 368 acres) of land. By late July 29 (local time), the fire was 17% contained, up from just 5% earlier in the day.

via California fires: 8 killed, 880+ structures destroyed and more than 37 000 people evacuated

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California fires: 8 killed, 880+ structures destroyed and more than 37 000 people evacuated

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