Two California wildfires destroy 10 homes

Last updated at 08:44
Fire fighters battle a spot fire near Plymouth, California (26 July 2014)Reuters

Two fast-moving wildfires in California have destroyed ten homes and hundreds more have been evacuated, US officials say.

In the Sacramento region, a fire has spread to cover an area of about 4,000 acres.

Months of drought have caused around 1,400 fires in California this year, twice the usual number.

The Sacramento fire has doubled in size since it broke out on Friday afternoon.

Fire fighters hike in to battle fast-moving wildfire near Plymouth, California (26 July 2014)Reuters
The ground where the fires are raging is dry because of droughts

About 515 homes were evacuated as the blaze tore its way through drought-hit grassland.

Fire burning near Plymouth, California (26 July 2014)Reuters
Smoking can be seen above the California skyline

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman, Lynn Tolmachoff said: "All of the vegetation in the area is struggling. It's burning very easily,''

"It causes the fire to be a lot hotter and to spread more easily.''

An air tanker drops retardant on the fast-moving wildfire near Plymouth, California (26 July 2014)Reuters
Air tankers and thousands of fire fighters are battling the blazes

Nearly 1,500 fire fighters and aircraft that included a DC-10 air tanker are battling the blaze, which has sent up huge plumes of smoke.