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Monday, 14 September 2015


                                 A carport frame and burned cars remain outside an apartment complex destroyed by fire Sunday in Middletown, California                                                  
There were post-apocalyptic scenes in California on Sunday night as raging wildfires blitzed 115,000 acres, destroying at least 400 homes and forcing thousands of terrified residents to flee.

As many as 5,000 firefighters were tackling two mammoth blazes that have torn across the state, with entire towns evacuated.

Lake and Napa counties were in a state of emergency after the Valley Fire, which erupted 100 miles north of San Francisco, destroying 400 homes and two apartment complexes, and spreading across 50,000 acres of land.
At least one person has died in the huge fire, although authorities were unable to give any details about the deceased.

The even larger Butte Fire, in Amador and Calaveras Counties, has torn through 65,000 acres and destroyed even more houses.More than 4,000 firefighters are trying to contain the flames 70 miles south east of Sacramento. They were able to increase containment to 25 per cent by late Sunday.
Thousands more firefighters are tackling the Valley blaze, with four having to be airlifted to hospital after suffering second-degree burns. They were said to be in a stable condition on Sunday night.

                             More than 1,000 firefighters are working to beat back the Valley blaze, with four airlifted to hospital after suffering second-degree burns
                         Mandatory evacuations were ordered for several communities and more than 5,000 in Northern California are currently without power

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