California wildfires force thousands to flee homes (Video)

An orange and grey tinged skyline hangs over northern California, as fast-moving wildfires continue to plague the Golden state. Another blaze erupted on Saturday, leaving four firefighters with second degree burns.

Thousands have fled their homes as flames threaten to engulf populated areas.

One blaze named the Valley Fire broke out in Lake County, 160km north of San Francisco and enveloped tinder dry areas parched from years of drought.

Fueled by heat and winds, a wildfire exploded Saturday afternoon to 10,000 acres in Lake County, threatening several communities and leaving four firefighters with burns.

The Valley fire spread so quickly that residents in Cobb and surrounding communities had little time to flee. Photos on social media showed towering flames descending on towns and jammed highways.

The cause is still being investigated.

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