California Wildfires Some of Largest in State History

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – More than 12,000 firefighters aided by helicopters and air tankers

on Friday battled wildfires throughout California as reinforcements began to arrive. Three

groups of fires, called complexes, burning north, east and south of San Francisco, have

together scorched 780 square miles, destroyed more than 500 structures and killed five

people. More than 140,000 people are under evacuation orders. Gov. Gavin Newsom says

the blazes are taxing the California’s firefighting capacity but assistance from 10 states is

beginning to arrive. With firefighting resources tight, homes in remote, hard-to-get-to

places burned unattended. CalFire Chief Mark Brunton pleaded with residents to quit

battling fires on their own, saying that just causes more problems for the professionals.

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and JANIE HAR

Associated Press

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