Some 400 homes, businesses destroyed in Northern California wildfire
Sept.14, Sacramento: Some 400 homes were destroyed as fast-moving wildfires raged through communities in Northern California, leaving at least one person dead.
Governor of California Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa counties, as the Valley Fire continued to bring pain and loss.
His announcement, which will help expedite debris removal and waive fees to replace essential documents like birth certificates for those who've had to abandon their homes and belongings, came one day after four firefighters were injured.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Fire Protection confirmed Sunday one fatality in the wildfire north of San Francisco that raced through dry brush and exploded in size within hours.
Up to 1,000 structures such as barns, sheds and other outbuildings were burned, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.
The firefighters were burned in the Valley Fire in Lake County, about 115 miles west of Sacramento.
Thousands fled this weekend as mandatory evacuations were ordered for the communities of Cobb, Middletown, Harbin Hot Springs and Big Canyon Road.
The Oslo Times