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Wildfires rage leaving thousands without power as homes are evacuated

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People have been ordered to evacuate their homes as vicious wildfires spread across a residential area.

The blazes, caused by lightning, have already burned over more than 12,000 acres in the San Francisco area.

Residents in Napa and Sonoma County were ordered to evacuate on Tuesday night as the fires continued to spread alarmingly.

Firefighters in California said they are facing a number of challenges in battling the blaze, NBC Bay Area reports.

Emergency responders are having to cope with rugged terrain and unfavourable weather conditions as a heat wave that is gripping the region is expected to continue throughout Wednesday.

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High winds and the ongoing hot weather has made containing the problem far more difficult.

In Napa, homes have been completely destroyed as fire crews say the fire is zero per cent contained.

The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has declared a state of emergency in the state to help ensure vital resources are available in fighting the fires.

He said: “We are deploying every resource available to keep communities safe as California battles fires across the state during these extreme conditions.

"California and its federal and local partners are working in lockstep to meet the challenge and remain vigilant in the face of continued dangerous weather conditions.”

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