California wildfires continue to rage

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A state of emergency has been declared as thousands of people in northern California in America are forced to leave their homes as wildfires continue to rage.

The region has been suffering a heat wave and a drought which makes bringing the huge blaze under control difficult.

Many homes are under threat, and police are going door-to-door ordering residents close to the fire to leave the area.

Over 275 homes and other buildings have bee destroyed. One blaze in Lake County is believed to have burned 40,000 acres. Witnesses saw flames reach up to 60 metres in the air.

Further east, around 4,000 firefighters are battling the Butte Fire, which broke out on Wednesday. The blaze has so far destroyed around 65,000 acres along with 86 homes and 51 outbuildings. It threatens more than 6,000 other buildings.

Further south, 3,000 firefighters have been tackling the largest of the blazes, the so-called Rough Fire, which has claimed 128,800 acres since it began in late July.

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