California Fires Continue As Governor Declares Emergency

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RENO, NV - The fires in California continue to rage on, but the Sand Fire is now 100% contained. That is the fire closest to Lake Tahoe.

The largest fire is the Day Fire in Modoc County, which has burned nearly 13,000 acres with only 20% containment and has a price tag of $3.8 million.

The Lodge Complex has burned 1,800 acres and the French Fire south of Yosemite has burned 11,466 acres and to date has cost $ 7.3 million.

That fire was started by an abandoned campfire and authorities are asking for the public's help in finding the responsible person(s).

Northeast California wildfire destroys 8 homes

Authorities say a wildfire in northeast California that nearly quadrupled in size over the weekend has destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation of a small long-term care hospital.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Linda Tiffin says the fire burning in and around Lassen National Forest near the town of Burney had torched 36 square miles as of Sunday morning, up from 11 square miles a day earlier. The fire started Thursday and was not contained at all Sunday afternoon.

Officials at Mayer Memorial Hospital say they are evacuating their 49-bed annex in Burney and moving patients to a hospital in Redding, in case the flames get closer. The hospital's website says the annex serves patients with dementia and other conditions requiring skilled nursing services.

Residents of three small neighboring communities already have been ordered to evacuate.

The El Portal Fire outside of Yosemite is now 89% contained and has burned 4,689 acres, but cost $9 million.

According to South Tahoe Now, Cal Fire reports that while this year has seen more fires than 2013, less acreage has burned. Through July 26, 3,616 fires have been reported in the state with 40,236 acres burned. During the same period last year there were 3,035 fires burning 67,980 acres.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown is busy with the federal government.

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