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Firefighter dies as thousands battle California wildfiresSat, 01 Aug 2015 06:38

A firefighters uses a hose to douse spot fires while battling the Rocky Fire on July 31, 2015 in Lower Lake, CaliforniaA firefighter died while battling one of the 18 large wildfires raging in California, its governor said, declaring a state of emergency. About 8,000 firefighters have been deployed across the state, said the California National Guard, which has been called into action. "California's severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox," California Governor Edmund Brown said in a statement.



Several wildfires blacken dry California's golden hillsSat, 01 Aug 2015 05:28

Fires approach a home near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires blackening the golden hills of California grew deadly Friday, killing a firefighter on the far northern end of the state while triggering the evacuations of hundreds of people elsewhere.



California governor declares state of emergency over raging wildfiresSat, 01 Aug 2015 04:49

Firefighters watch the Rocky Fire advance in Lake County, CaliforniaBy Curtis Skinner and Victoria Cavaliere SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's governor declared a state of emergency on Friday as a string of wildfires raged across the state and a firefighter was killed battling a blaze in drought-parched forest, officials said. The firefighter, David Ruhl of Rapid City, South Dakota, was on temporary assignment in Northern California, where the brunt of 18 large fires burning across the state have destroyed homes and structures and temporarily displaced hundreds of people, the U.S. Forest Service said. Ruhl was battling the so-called "Frog Fire," which broke out on Thursday near the town of Adin in the state's northeast, when he was killed on duty, the Forest Service said.