San Francisco blanketed in smoke as California fires rage

Crews are battling wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area and thousands of people were under orders to evacuate as dozens of wildfires blazed across the state amid a blistering heat wave now in its second week.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 12:19 PM

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews are battling wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area and thousands of people were under orders to evacuate as dozens of wildfires blazed across the state amid a blistering heat wave now in its second week.

State fire spokesman Will Powers says the entire state is stretched thin for firefighting crews. Police and firefighters went door-to-door early Wednesday as a fire encroached on Vacaville.

The Northern California city of about 100,000 people is located between San Francisco and Sacramento.

Fire officials said at least 50 structures were destroyed and 50 were damaged. There were reports of four people being injured.

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