California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties in Northern California following a Massive wildfires sweeping through California which has killed at least 21 people and damaged thousands of homes, businesses and other buildings, authorities said.
Firefighters were still battling 22 wildfires in multiple California counties Wednesday morning. Intensified by strong winds, the flames have charred about 170,000 acres of land, damaged or destroyed at least 3,500 structures and forced nearly 20,000 residents to evacuate, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The causes of the fires are unknown.
More than 2,700 firefighters and support personnel are battling the fires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
With firefighters stretched thin throughout the state, federal agencies as well as neighboring Nevada and nearby Washington state are assisting with resources.