Northern California Wildfires: Thousands Flee, Hundreds of Buildings Destroyed with Valley Fire and Butte Fire Most Severe

The Valley Fire burns in Lake County near Cobb Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Video by Kent Porter / The Press Democrat.

Monday morning the Valley Fire is listed in southern Lake County, California as consuming 61,000 acres and only 5% contained. The Valley Fire, northwest of Sacramento, erupted early Saturday afternoon and rapidly burned through brush and trees dried out from several years of drought, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire. The fire spread quickly, growing from 50 acres to 400 acres just before 4 p.m. (6 p.m. CT) Saturday, to 50,000 acres by Sunday afternoon, September 13, 2015.

One thousand firefighters were working to battle the Valley blaze as of Sunday morning with more responding. Four firefighters, part of a helicopter crew, received second-degree burns, and were transported to UC Davis Medical Center.

The Valley Fire burns near Cobb in Lake County. (Video by Kent Porter / The Press Democrat).

The Valley Fire burning near Cobb in Lake County. (Video by Kent Porter / The Press Democrat).

DC-10 Air Tanker and crew working to put out fire in Cobb — one of three air tankers in operation, with the call-signs Tanker 910, Tanker 911 and Tanker 912.

The Valley Fire burns an apartment complex in Middletown, California, in the early morning hours of Sept. 13, 2015. (Video by Kent Porter / The Press Democrat).

The Butte fire, which ignited Wednesday southeast of Sacramento, was 25% contained by Sunday afternoon, and 30% contained Monday morning.

A total of 12 wildfires are active across California from the northern border with Oregon to an area west of Mojave, between Bakersfield and Los Angeles.

KCRA (Sacramento NBC affiliate): Although some residents are being let back into their homes, the evacuation orders continue to grow for the Butte Fire.

USA TODAY: California Governor Jerry Brown has issued a state of emergency for areas surrounding the explosive Butte Fire. It has grown to about 100 square miles, forcing residents to flee their homes.



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