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California Gov. Brown declares state of emergency as wildfires rage
California Gov. Brown declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes. The emergency declarations cover El Dorado and Siskiyou counties, which have been ravaged by the King and Boles fires, respectively. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday granted a request for aid that can cover up to 75% of the state’s costs to fight the King fire; federal aid already had been approved for the Boles fire, as well as the Courtney fire in Madera County. Combined, the three fires have burned nearly 100,000 acres. The most destructive in terms of damage to...

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