Flames from a backfire operation burn through a grove of trees as firefighters try to head off the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, California, August 3, 2015 . (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California can't seem to catch a break. Plagued by drought and a subsequent scourge of wildfires, the state is struggling to recover from a desperately dry summer. 

An estimated 117,960 acres of land have burned since the beginning of this year, up from 87,000 during the same time last year. While all parts of the state have faced fire hazards, the northern region has been hit especially hard. Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes, and, as of July 31, California mandated a state of emergency to bolster responses to the fires. 

"California's severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox. Our courageous firefighters are on the front lines, and we'll do everything we can to help them," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a press release.

The Big Dipper constellation is seen over part of the Warm Fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic, California, August 16, 2015. (David McNew/Getty Images)
A hot-shot crew descends a scorched mountainside at the Cabin Fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa, California, August 15, 2015. (David McNew/Getty Images)
A firefighter aircraft drops fire retardant at the Cabin Fire in the Angeles National Forest. (David McNew/Getty Images)
A Cal Fire firefighter stands in front of a burning bush during the Jerusalem Fire along Morgan Valley Road. (Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
Cal Fire firefighters monitor a backfire ahead of the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake, California, August 2, 2015. More than 1,900 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Cal Fire firefighters prepare to start a backfire operation ahead of the Rocky Fire, near Clearlake, California, August 2, 2015. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Rocky Fire burns near Clear Lake, California. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
A car drives in heavy smoke while flames from the Rocky Fire approach from a ridge near Clear Lake, California, August 1, 2015. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter watches as flames approach Highway 20 during the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake, California, August 2, 2015. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

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