(CNN)California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa counties Sunday, as the Valley Fire continued to bring pain and loss.
His announcement, which will help expedite debris removal and waive fees to replace essential documents like birth certificates for those who've had to abandon their homes and belongings, came one day after four firefighters were injured.
"All suffered 2nd degree burns and are in stable condition at UC Davis Medical," he said. At least 1,000 firefighters were trying to battle the blaze, which began as a 50-acre inferno.By Sunday, the fire had grown to some 50,000 acres.
Thousands fled this weekend as mandatory evacuations were ordered for the communities of Cobb, Middletown, Harbin Hot Springs and Big Canyon Road. More than 5,000 are without power, according to Berlant.The Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties, about 70 miles east of Sacramento, has grown to 65,000 acres,Cal Firereported. It has destroyed at least 85 residences and 50 outbuildings and threatens 6,150 homes.
"This fire has continued to grow at such a fast rate. It's threatening more and more homes," Berlant said Saturday on CNN. "With the dry conditions we have across California, this fire has been explosive in the size and just how quickly (it) has been able to grow."