The state had asked last month for federal aid to help recover from six of this year’s fires, including the Creek Fire, which is among the most destructive in state history.
A hospital in Napa County evacuated patients, and the utility giant PG&E shut off power in some regions as a precaution against dry and windy conditions.
Firefighters were making progress against several significant wildfires, but a coming change in conditions could allow fires to quickly spread.
Extreme weather is battering the Western United States, with fires raging along the Pacific Coast and snow falling in Colorado.
Fires burning from near the Mexico border to the forests of the Sierra Nevada spread a curtain of smoke over California early on Monday.
For the eight million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, a ring of fire across Northern California feels inescapable.
Northern California is enduring another day under siege, with the huge blazes ripping across the region still growing and still almost completely uncontained.
Northern California faces another day under siege, with the huge blazes ripping across the region still growing and still almost completely uncontained.
Evacuees along the rural Central Coast have fled wildfires, but more populated areas bring more risk from the coronavirus.
Thousands of people have fled their homes amid a grueling heat wave, the coronavirus pandemic and air thick with smoke.
The entire city of Healdsburg was told overnight to prepare to flee, while another blaze prompted evacuation orders on the edge of San Jose.