More than 80,000 people evacuated from California wildfire

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A firefighter watches the so-called Blue Cut Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California on Tuesday. Photo by Gene Blevins/Reuters

A firefighter watches the so-called Blue Cut Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California on Tuesday. Photo by Gene Blevins/Reuters

More than 80,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as a wildfire continues to blaze in Southern California.

The fire in San Bernardino County has consumed more than 30,000 acres, double from the previous day, the New York Times reported. The so-called Blue Cut Fire has closed Interstate 15, the main highway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. has issued a state of emergency for the county.

“The circumstances of this fire by reason of its magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat,” he said in Tuesday’s statement.

A second major wildfire further north in California, the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County has grown to more than 76,000 acres but is 60 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection:

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Before Wednesday, firefighters already were battling eight large wildfires across the state.

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