PHOTOS: 585 Homes Destroyed as California's Valley Fire Consumes 70,000 Acres
By By Heather Janssen, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
September 16, 2015, 9:56:22 PM EDT
More than 2,700 fire personnel are working to contain the Valley Fire that ignited on Saturday afternoon near Cobb, California, north of San Francisco.
The blaze, which has scorched 70,000 acres and destroyed 585 homes, was 30 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.
Gov. Edmund Brown declared a state of emergency for Lake and Napa counties with mandatory evacuations also issued for portions of these counties.
"In some cases, residents only had minutes to evacuate," an official with Cal Fire said during a fire situation report on Sunday afternoon.
Four firefighters suffered from burn injuries on Saturday while working to contain the fire. The injuries were not life-threatening and the firefighters are expected to make a full recovery.
An disabled elderly woman died on Saturday after fire overwhelmed her house, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
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