Fast-growing fires throughout California forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes on Thursday as dry winds and high heat fed both the flames and fears in a state still jittery from devastating wildfires in the last two years.
According to the officials, they didn't yet know how many homes had turned and that no immediate injuries were reported. It’s not clear how any of the blazes began.
In Northern California wine country, authorities ordered 2,000 people to evacuate as a wildfire exploded to more than 15 square miles (39 square kilometres), whipped up by the strong winds that prompted utilities statewide to impose blackouts to prevent such fires from igniting.
Officials ordered an evacuation of the entire community of Geyserville, home to about 900 people and a popular stop for wine country tourists, along with nearby residents. The fire threatened some of the area’s famed wineries and the River Rock Casino as the blaze raged on the outskirts of town.