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California governor declares statewide emergency

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Oct 27, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on the wildfires in Northern California (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a statewide emergency as wildfires and extreme weather conditions forced almost 200,000 people from their homes.

He said in a statement Sunday that officials are deploying "every resource available" to respond to the wildfires, including a large blaze in Northern California's wine country driven by powerful winds.

Smoke from a second wildfire in the San Francisco Bay Area briefly halted traffic on a bridge. The flames came dangerously close to homes in Vallejo.

In the south, a wildfire in the Santa Clarita area north of Los Angeles has destroyed 18 structures, threatened homes and critical infrastructure.

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