Twin wild­fires force thou­sands to flee homes in North­ern Calif.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Twin wild­fires fu­eled by dry veg­e­ta­tion and hot, windy weather con­tin­ued to grow Satur­day in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, de­stroy­ing 55 homes and forc­ing thou­sands of res­i­dents to flee their neigh­bor­hoods.

Cal­i­for­nia fire of­fi­cials said the fires grew to al­most 250 square miles. The fires cover an area larger than the wild­fire that dam­aged parts of Red­ding, Calif., last week and con­tin­ues to grow.

Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cials said that fire was started two weeks ago by sparks from the steel wheel of a towed­trailer's flat tire.

Mean­while, Gov. Jerry Brown called on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to is­sue a so-called Pres­i­den­tial Ma­jor Disas­ter Dec­la­ra­tion for Cal­i­for­nia. The dec­la­ra­tion would help fire vic­tims with fed­eral pro­grams.

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