A firefighter controls a hotspot of the Maria Fire, in Santa Paula, Ventura County, California, on Saturday. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

California firefighters have spent days battling wildfires in challenging, dry conditions that have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

The big picture: Firefighters have even faced hurricane-strength winds in some places. California's governor has declared a state of emergency, and some 3 million people have been affected by power shut-offs, per the New York Times. This is what firefighters have been up against, in photos.

Firefighters work to control flames from a backfire during the Maria fire in Santa Paula on Nov. 1. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images
A firefighter controls a hotspot of the Maria Fire, in Santa Paula, Ventura County. Photo: Apu Gomes / AFP) (Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images
The Soda Rock Winery burns during the Kincade fire as flames race through Healdsburg, California. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images
Firefighters at the Getty Fire in Brentwood. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images
A Cal Fire firefighter watches over a structure threatened by the Kincade Fire. Anda Chu/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images
Firefighters set a backfire along a hillside near PG&E power lines in Healdsburg. Photo: Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images
Firefighters arrive at the scene of a burning home in Healdsburg. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images
A firefighting air tanker flies over power transmission towers in Geyserville. Photo: Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Firefighters at the massive Kincade fire in Healdsburg. Photo: Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images
Veterinarian Emily Putt walks a horse from a burn during the Kincade fire in Windsor. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A firefighter walks through a burned property after the Kincade fire tore through Healdsburg. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images
Firefighters remove a U.S. flag from a property as flames race into the area in Healdsburg. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Go deeper:

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest details of the fires and more photos.

Go deeper

Updated 6 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. ET: 11,982,883 — Total deaths: 547,931 — Total recoveries — 6,511,854Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. ET: 3,040,957 — Total deaths: 132,195 — Total recoveries: 953,420 — Total tested: 36,866,416Map.
  3. Public health: Houston mayor cancels Republican convention over coronavirus concerns Deaths are rising in hotspots — Déjà vu sets in as testing issues rise and PPE dwindles.
  4. Travel: United warns employees it may furlough 45% of U.S. workforce How the pandemic changed mobility habits, by state.
  5. Education: New York City schools will not fully reopen in fallHarvard and MIT sue Trump administration over rule barring foreign students from online classes.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: A misinformation "infodemic" is here.

Transcripts show George Floyd told police "I can't breathe" over 20 times

Photo: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Newly released transcripts of bodycam footage from the Minneapolis Police Department show that George Floyd told officers he could not breathe more than 20 times in the moments leading up to his death.

Why it matters: Floyd's killing sparked a national wave of Black Lives Matter protests and an ongoing reckoning over systemic racism in the United States. The transcripts "offer one the most thorough and dramatic accounts" before Floyd's death, The New York Times writes.

3 hours ago - Health

Fighting the coronavirus infodemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

An "infodemic" of misinformation and disinformation has helped cripple the response to the novel coronavirus.

Why it matters: High-powered social media accelerates the spread of lies and political polarization that motivates people to believe them. Unless the public health sphere can effectively counter misinformation, not even an effective vaccine may be enough to end the pandemic.