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Mother Lode Firefighters Assist Neighboring Areas

Sonora, CA — Around 190 firefighters out of Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties have been dispatched to fires outside of the region, according to Lisa Williams of CAL Fire.

Several wildfires across California have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes and led to an emergency declaration in Santa Cruz County. Gov. Schwarzenegger is scheduled to visit the fire zone for a briefing this morning.

In Yuba County, a 900 acre fire has forced the evacuation of around 60 homes.

Down the coast, a wildfire in the Los Padres National Forest has grown to 108 square miles.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.