Wildfires expanded their deadly reach in northern California on Sunday, threatening thousands of people and burning hundreds of structures to the ground.
The town of Middletown was particularly hard hit:
By Sunday afternoon, the fire was still raging and showed no signs of stopping.
California's government ordered mandatory evacuations in several parts of the area and declared a state of emergency.
This wildfire season has been particularly fierce, thanks in part to an unprecedented drought. California's emergency services chief said that the fires plaguing the state were the worst he's seen in 30 years.
“The bushes, the trees have absolutely no moisture in them, and the humidities are so low that we are seeing these ‘fire starts’ just erupt into conflagrations,” Mark Ghilarducci told the Sacramento Bee.
Note: this story was updated on Sunday afternoon to include the latest news about the fire.