In Pictures: California's raging wildfires

California has declared a state of emergency as wildfires spread across the northern part of the drought-stricken state. There are 12 blazes, but the Butte Fire and the Valley Fire are the worst conflagrations.


The Rough Fire burning in central California on Sept 11, 2015. The fire has burned more than 47,600ha in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks since it was ignited by a lightning strike on July 31. PHOTO: EPA


Fire crews back burning along Highway 180, north of Grant Tree in central California on Sept 11, 2015. PHOTO: EPA


Smoke from the northern California wildfires and other major wildfires across the western part of the United States cloud the horizon as the sun sets over Utah Lake and Provo, Utah on Aug 17, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS


The Rough Fire burning in central California on Sept 11, 2015.  The fire has grown to 52,000ha and is currently the largest active fire in California. There are 2,229 personnel assigned to fight the Rough Fire. PHOTO: EPA