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California Governor Declares State of Emergency Amid More Than a Dozen Wildfires

Dry lightning and severe drought conditions are exacerbating the fire danger throughout the state.

FILE - In this July 11, 2014 photo, a member of an inmate firefighting crew works on the Bully fire near Ono, Calif. A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned about 6 square miles of forested land in northern California. Freddie Alexander Smoke III was arrested Saturday, July 12, 2014 and accused of recklessly causing a fire and with marijuana cultivation, both felonies, according to the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection. The so-called Bully fire has since grown to 3,700 acres and destroyed six structures, CalFire officials said. The blaze, which is burning in steep terrain, was just 10 percent contained Sunday morning. (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Greg Barnette) AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Greg Barnette

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — More than a dozen wildfires threatening homes and infrastructure in California has prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Brown proclaimed the emergency Saturday as the fires in the central and far northern part of the state burn thousands of acres, destroy homes and damage critical infrastructure.

In this July 11, 2014 photo, a member of an inmate firefighting crew works on the Bully fire near Ono, Calif. (Image source: AP/The Record Searchlight, Greg Barnette)

Dry lightning and severe drought conditions are exacerbating the fire danger throughout the state. Brown's emergency proclamation said that the magnitude of the fires will require cooperation from many agencies and state governments.

He also secured a federal grant Saturday to cover 75 percent of the cost to fight a nearly 33-square-mile wildfire that started in Oregon and crossed into California.

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