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On the ground at the Valley Fire, plus fire risks in SoCal for 2015




A house is engulfed in flames as firefighters attempt to put it out during the Valley Fire in Seigler Springs, California on September 13, 2015. The governor of California declared a state of emergency Sunday as raging wildfires spread in the northern part of the drought-ridden US state, forcing thousands to flee the flames.
A house is engulfed in flames as firefighters attempt to put it out during the Valley Fire in Seigler Springs, California on September 13, 2015. The governor of California declared a state of emergency Sunday as raging wildfires spread in the northern part of the drought-ridden US state, forcing thousands to flee the flames.
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The 61,000 acre Valley Fire now encompasses Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties and has forced more than 17,000 people to evacuate their homes.

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa counties. Captain Buck Condit of the Butte Fire incident management team says crews have the fire 30 percent contained, but the fire has now covered over 110 square miles.

Listen to Larry’s conversation with Kristen Hanes of KGO Radio in San Francisco as she reports from the ground at Hidden Valley Lake, one of the hardest hit communities of the Valley Fire.

Guests:

Kristin Hanes, Reporter with KGO Radio in San Francisco. At Hidden Valley Lake

John Heil, spokesperson with the Pacific Southwest Region with the US Forest Service

Karen North, Ph.D., Director, Annenberg Program on Online Communities, and professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; psychologist specializing in online communities

Janet Upton, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection