New California wildfire explodes, burning four firefighters – Los Angeles Times

Fueled by heat and winds, a wildfire exploded Saturday afternoon to 10,000 acres in Lake County, threatening several communities and leaving four firefighters with burns.

The firefighters were injured while battling the blaze and were taken to a burn center. Mike Lopez, president of CalFire Local 2881, said via Twitter on Saturday night that he visited the injured firefighters and that all were expected to make a full recovery.

The Valley fire was burning near Cobb and surrounding communities, where structures were threatened.

Across Amador and Calaveras counties, nearly 3,300 fire personnel battled the Butte fire that began southeast of Sacramento and has plowed through nearly 65,000 acres. Swift and stubborn, it began Wednesday, doubled in size the following night, then doubled again the next day — prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Residents of about 6,000 homes in California’s Gold Country have evacuated the threatened lands, defined by craggy terrain, desiccated timber and limited road access. The elements, along with high temperatures and low humidity, have created an intense environment where trees catch fire and cinder flies into the air, causing new flares to ignite among the pines, redwoods and sequoias.


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