Foreign: Wild fire spreads across the Northern region of California
Thousands of people have fled their homes in Northern California on Wednesday as hundreds of fast moving wildfires spread across the region, burning houses and leading to the death of a helicopter pilot.
In Vacaville a city of about 100,000 people located between the State Capital Sacramento and San Francisco residents were urged to evacuate during the night as the wind whipped flames swallowed dozens of homes.
Many were awakened by neighbours or fire fighters desperately banging on their doors, and rushed out dressed only in their pyjamas several suffered burns as they ran for their lives.
Evacuation orders or warnings were also issued in other countries including the wine regions of Sonoma and Napa where fires sparked by lightning are raging unchecked amid a sweltering heat wave.
Gal fire officials said that series of fires in that region, dubbed the LNU lightning complex, had destroyed 50 homes burned through nearly 50,000 across and were zero percent contained by early Wednesday evening.
They added that a helicopter pilot taking part in the fire fighting efforts in Fresno country, Southeast of San Francisco, had died in a crash as he was attempting to drop water.
Officials said the regions ragged terrain and dry vegetation were making if difficult to combat the blaze.