Great to see you this Monday,September 14th.
I'm Carl Azuz with CNN STUDENT NEWS,catching you up on current events.
Let's start with what's happening in California,not just the state's historic drought,but something is making much worse-wildfires.
The state's wildfires season used to run from spring until fall,now it's year round,with hot,dry trees and brush acting like kindling,causing tens of thousands of acres to burn up.
California's governor declared a state of emergency in two counties yesterday.
What that does is speed up assistance to people who need it,everything from replacing copies of their birth certificates,to helping remove debris from their property.
Two massive wildfires burning in northern California are spreading fast and threatening homes,property and lives.
The so-called Valley Fire in Lake County,150 miles west of Sacramento,spread from 50 acres to 25,000 in just over 10 hours.
That is a very rapid rate of spread.
Very dangerous situation.
It's just a reminder this is how the conditions are in California right now.
And with the temperatures and low humidity,four years of drought,the conditions are very extreme.
Four firefighters were injured in the Valley Fire.
They've been transported to the U.C.-Davis burn treatment center,where they are in stable condition.
I'm sure they're emotionally and physically drained after being stuck in a situation where your life is on the line doing your job.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for many communities in the fire zone,a shaken Joyce Reim got out just in time.
We were stuck in the middle of the fire for a while,and couldn't go either way.
And where near we were stuck,we saw the flames going up the hill toward our house.
Meanwhile,the Butte Fire,about 70 miles east of Sacramento has grown to 65,000 acres,also fuelled by dry conditions.
Within 15 minutes,we were sitting in the backyard and these trees were all on fire when we left.
And they came up in minutes.
More than 6,000 homes being threatened there,some already destroyed.
In both fires,residents say they had very little time to escape the fast-moving flames.