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California governor declares state of emergency in five counties due to fire


REUTERS/Gabriela Bhaskar

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in five counties on Sunday due to wildfires.


The counties included Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Bernardino and San Diego, the governor's office said in a statement bit.ly/2DB1u1D late on Sunday.


The declaration was prompted by the Creek Fire that started on Friday night and rapidly grew to burn some 45,000 acres (18,210 hectares), forcing evacuations and road closures in the Fresno area in central California.


Eight people have been killed and some 3,300 structures have been destroyed over the past three weeks in wildfires across the state.


7 September 2020

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