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A Fiery Weekend in California (30 photos)

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Over the weekend, thousands of people were evacuated as fast-burning wildfires in California overwhelmed several small towns, killing at least one person and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses. A state of emergency was declared by governor Jerry Brown in areas hardest-hit by the Butte and Valley fires. According to Cal Fire, the Valley fire in southern Lake County has grown to 61,000 acres and is 5% contained, and the Butte fire in Amador and Calaveras County has reached 71,000 acres and is now 30% contained.

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A firefighter lights a backfire while battling the Butte fire near San Andreas, California, on September 12, 2015. The Butte fire has destroyed 86 homes and 51 outbuildings in rural Amador and Calaveras counties, where it covers an estimated 65,000 acres, officials said. (Noah Berger / Reuters)

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