WEAVERVILLE, Calif. — A wildfire burning for more than two weeks in far northwestern California continues to chew through timber even as crews increase containment.
Officials said Saturday that the blaze near Helena, a rural community that was once a 19th century mining camp, has consumed nearly 32 square miles (83 square kilometers) of forest. It’s 40 percent contained. Evacuation orders remain in place for several homes.
In Central California, a fire on the western edge of the Sierra is half contained after burning nearly 40 square miles (102 square kilometers) of dry brush and trees near Springville.
Hundreds of firefighters are fighting about 20 large blazes across the state.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Madera, Mariposa and Tulare counties due to wildfires that have burned for days.