A Cal Fire firefighter moves away from a tall flame as he uses a drip torch to burn dry grass
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'Rocky' fire rages over 90sq miles in California

Evacuation orders have been issued to thousands of residents in Northern California as firefighters struggle to contain a series of blazes in the area.

A bout of cooler air has helped crews as they work to contain the flames, but the total affected area continued to grow on Tuesday.

The biggest blaze - the so-called Rocky fire north of San Francisco - is reported to be spreading fast and has already consumed more than 90 sq miles (145 sq km) of land.

David Willis reports from Los Angeles.

  • 04 Aug 2015
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