Dozens of fires have broken out in the US state of California, and almost 48,000 hectares are in flames. Thousands of people had to leave their homes, many were surprised by the fires that night.
The US state of California has declared a state of emergency over dozens of rapidly spreading forest fires. Meanwhile, the fires have covered more than 48,000 hectares across the state, as the fire department announced. Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Tuesday evening to mobilize additional resources to fight the flames. Thousands of people had to leave their homes.
According to rescue services, around 20 fires have been reported from the area around Vacaville in the northern Bay Area near San Francisco alone. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that some Vacaville residents fled the flames wearing only pajamas.
According to media reports, more than 12,000 hectares of land burned down in the wine region around the cities of Napa and Sonoma. Many of the fires were caused by lightning strikes during an extreme heat wave. Historically high temperatures of up to 54.4 degrees were measured in California’s Death Valley last week.