Around 12,000 firefighters are involved

The death toll from the wildfires in California has now risen to eight.

Four of those who have died are firefighters, with around 12-thousand involved in the rescue operation.

50,000 homes have been evacuated but officials say they're feeling more positive about the fires slowing down.

US President Donald Trump has declared an emergency in California, allowing counties affected by the wildfires to receive federal assistance.

California Governor Edmund G Brown Junior had earlier declared a state of emergency in three counties.

While state flags are to be flown at half-staff in honour of two firefighters who died while working on a fire in Carr.

Johnny Johnson has a house under threat - but says he isn't leaving.

"Propane tanks and cars blowing up right up the road. You could see flames shooting straight up like a jet engine.

"My wife left, I told them I ain't going - I'm going to try to save my house".