California Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency, lifts evacuation order for North Bay fires

California’s 9th straight Flex Alert was extended as smoke, clouds made solar power unpredictable.

The state of California’s 9th straight Flex Alert was extended as smoke, clouds made solar power unpredictable.

The number of fires burning in the California’s wine country was the subject of an extended alert, which the federal government extended at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

“At the current pace forecast, more than 1,500 homes and commercial buildings that are completely destroyed and hundreds of thousands of acres of land that is destroyed could take decades or even centuries to fully rebuild,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a statement.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Nov. 29 and imposed a 14-day statewide shelter-in-place order.

The fire started Wednesday in the town of Randsburg, near Lake Tahoe, and spread into two fires Thursday.

“This is what happens when people don’t follow simple rules of safety. Our state does not plan for this. We need to change the rules before it’s too late,” Brown said in a statement.

“This is a tragic loss for the community and a reminder to all of us that California must plan for the unthinkable when it comes to wildfires. This is something that can end at any time, and it is incumbent on all of us to prepare for that,” said Gov. Brown.

There is still a lot of uncertainty regarding the full extent of the damage and the speed at which it can be rebuilt.

In the Bay Area, the evacuation order for the North Bay fires, which has impacted Sonoma County and most of Napa Valley, was lifted Friday evening.

Officials said the fires did not pose a direct threat to Sacramento, but did threaten the city of Santa Rosa, where evacuations were ordered.

The North Bay fire had reached the end of its fire line, but the main fire threat remained to the north and west.

“The fire did not threaten the city of Santa Rosa; the fire did threaten the city of Napa, the city of Vallejo and other areas,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement.

About 200 residents had been allowed to return

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