One dead, dozens injured

One helicopter pilot died in a crash, while battling one of the state's smaller fires in Western Fresno County in central California on Wednesday, according to Cal Fire officials.

As of Thursday afternoon, 33 civilians and firefighters had been injured in the blazes, according to Cal Fire's assistant deputy director Daniel Berlant.

In Northern California, police and firefighters went door-to-door before dawn Wednesday in a frantic scramble to warn residents to evacuate as fire encroached on Vacaville. Fire officials said at least 50 structures were destroyed and 50 were damaged and that four people were injured.


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