State of emergency declared in California fire

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OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom is declaring a state of emergency in Northern California because of a dangerous wildfire that has destroyed homes and forced thousands to flee.

Newsom issued the declaration Thursday for Butte County as the fast-moving fire continues to burn around the town of Paradise about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Newsom is filling in as the chief executive while Gov. Jerry Brown is out of the state. Newsom was elected this week to succeed the termed-out Brown.

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