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California declares emergency as wildfires advance
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alifornia Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in three Northern California counties after a wildfire pulverized 64 homes and is threatening to destroy hundreds more. Dubbed the "Ponderosa Fire," the inferno has engulfed more than 24,000 acres. Brown's declaration of emergency in Plumas, Shasta, and Tehema counties looses the purse strings to allocate more funds as thousands of firefighters battle the blaze.

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