Twin wildfires force thousands to flee homes in Northern Calif.
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.