California governor declares state of emergency over wildfires

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California governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency as major wildfires ravage the region.

Fires burning across the state have been exacerbated by the unprecedented heatwave in the West Coast area, as well as sustained high winds.

California Wildfires
Firefighters at the scene near Carmel Valley, California (Nic Coury/AP)

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