Thousands of people were told to evacuate in regions around the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday as nearly 40 wildfires blazed across the state amid a blistering heat wave now in its second week. Smoke blanketed San Francisco.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Tuesday, saying the blazes were “exacerbated by the effects of the historic West Coast heat wave and sustained high winds.”

“We are deploying every resource available to keep communities safe as California battles fires across the state during these extreme conditions,” Newsom said in a release.

Will Powers, a state fire spokesman, said “throughout the state of California right now, we are stretched thin for crews” because of the fires. “Air resources have been stretched thin throughout the whole state.”

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