Raging Wildfires Cause State of Emergency in California; Thousands Evacuated

Heat and dry air is fueling fires that continue to spread as firefighters and residents have had enough.
1:43 | 08/04/15

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State of emergency in California at this hour and the newest numbers tonight. Twenty wildfires 24 homes destroyed in L thirteen thousand people families evacuated. One fire simply exploding tonight stunning images nearly 101000 firefighters now deployed takers fighting the fires from above. Veteran firefighter saying some of what they're seeing is unprecedented. Tonight actually setting fires themselves called backfires. To help contain the outbreak. ABC's claims and dealt leading assault from the front lines. Today the already massive rocky fire near Sacramento became a towering inferno. Afternoon winds bringing the flames raging back to life. Fire crews racing to meet it head off. You can see here the firefighters are using road flares to start what's called a backfire the point is to use up all of this unburned fuel. Before the main buyer can use it to cross this road 3000 firefighters are here battling flames and ninety degree heat. Words on them. They're getting help from about two dozen helicopters and giant air tankers like the DC ten. This plane can carry 121000. Gallons. A pirates are not want. They're down. 5500. Homes are under threat. More than thirteen thousand people told they cannot go home I haven't slept for two days. We're just you know we're getting tired of this. David what's are seeing here is a full on firefighting assault from the air and the ground the flames have reached this major highway. Firefighters are now trying to stop it here and keep it from damaging or destroying any more homes David please send a leading us often.

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