Gov. declares emergency in California wildfire

Gov. declares emergency in California wildfire

21 August 2009

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USA — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in a Northern California county after a wildfire forced the evacuation of more than 100 people and destroyed two homes.

State fire officials say there is no longer any threat to homes in Yuba County, and all evacuations have been lifted.

The blaze burned nearly 4,000 acres, or six square miles and is 90 percent contained.

Schwarzenegger’s proclamation frees up state funds and resources to help firefighters and property owners.

Meanwhile, a fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains that charred more than 7,500 acres, or about 11.9 square miles, is 90 percent contained.

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