Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in Vacaville, a city of about 100,000 residents near Sacramento, as a combination of uncontrolled fires continued to threaten Northern California on Wednesday. That group of fires, known together as the L.N.U. Lightning Complex, has destroyed more than 50 homes and is threatening nearly 2,000 more buildings, the authorities said.
The fires spread more than 14,000 acres overnight and now cover 46,225 acres in Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties — an area larger than the size of Washington, D.C. — and are completely uncontained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Four people have been injured in the fires.
Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Tuesday in response to the fires, which have hit the state as it battles the effects of a sweltering heat wave, rolling blackouts and the coronavirus pandemic. The governor also mobilized the California National Guard to assist with relief efforts.
The wildfires threatening Vacaville, Calif., are known together as the L.N.U. Lightning Complex.
A firefighter monitored a back burn to direct a wildfire.
Fire burning inside a large oak tree on a ranch in Vacaville.
Scorched earth in Vacaville after wildfires tore through the area.
Ray Fields, a firefighter, worked to save his home in Vacaville.
Dan Frank called 911 as his garage and a neighbor’s home burned in Vacaville.
The fire has destroyed more than 50 homes in the area and threatens at least 2,000 more buildings.
A firefighter tried to burn out weeds ahead of the fire.
Embers smoldered in Napa County as the fire moved through overnight Tuesday.
Over the past week, portions of Monterey, Nevada and Napa Counties have declared mandatory emergency evacuations for thousands of residents.
Firefighters battled to get control of the blazes, which were likely caused by lightning strikes.
Dozens of fires are burning out of control throughout Northern California. The fires throughout the state have stressed the state’s mutual aid system.
A mobile home was destroyed in Napa County on Tuesday.
An airplane dropped fire retardant over homes in Napa.
Firefighters battled the Carmel Fire near Carmel Valley, one of hundreds of wildfires that have been aggravated by the heat and sustained high winds.