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Valley Fire prompts quick choices for Northern California residents

The Alameda Fire Department helps battle the Valley Fire.
The Alameda Fire Department helps battle the Valley Fire.
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Fires are continuing to burn in Northern California, threatening homes, national forests and putting communities at risk.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa Counties for the Valley Fire, which has prompted evacuations and destroyed hundreds of homes.

So far, the Valley Fire has burned more than 60,000 acres and is 5 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

"We had about half an hour, really, to pack and get out," said Kelli Chase, a resident of Middletown, California, an area hard-hit by the fire. She and her husband grabbed blankets, water and her dogs and cat to bring them to safety.

"We were fully expecting to lose everything when we saw that fire coming at us on Saturday," she said. "It was absolutely amazing how fast it moved."

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