SAN ANDREAS, Calif. (AP) — A state of emergency has been declared in an area of Northern California due to the explosive growth of a wildfire.

Hundreds of people evacuated rural communities, and six homes were destroyed, with thousands more threatened. The fire has gone from about one square mile on Thursday to 101 square miles. An evacuation order for San Andreas, 60 miles southeast of Sacramento, was called off when the fire changed direction.

The town's 2,700 have been told to be prepared to leave, just in case.

Hundreds of residents from tiny rural communities in Calaveras and Amador counties where the fire is burning remain under evacuation orders.