PHOTOS: Wildfires Erupt in Northern and Southern California
Wildfires erupted in Northern and Southern California on Thursday, forcing thousands of people to flee and devastating a foothills town.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is the state's acting governor while Gov. Jerry Brown is out of the state, declared a state of emergency in Butte County, about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, and requested a federal emergency declaration, saying high winds and dry conditions continue to pose an imminent threat.
The blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire, ravaged the Butte County town of Paradise after breaking out at dawn Thursday. The fire grew from about 18,000 acres -- or about 28 square miles -- late Thursday afternoon to 70,000 acres -- 110 square miles -- on Friday morning.
"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation," said Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean.
In Southern California, firefighters are contending with two wildland blazes, the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire, that also erupted Thursday afternoon and prompted over 90,000 people to evacuate, including the entire city of Malibu.
Here are some photos of the evacuations and devastation in both areas.