Governor Brown Directs Assistance for Mono County Wildfire

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A Proclamation of a State of Emergency

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation yesterday for Mono County due to the effects of the severe fire that started on February 6, 2015 burning thousands of acres, destroying over 40 structures, including residences, necessitating the evacuation of residents, the opening of emergency shelters; creating a substantial amount of hazardous debris over a large area, and affecting the community of Swall Meadows.

Yesterday’s proclamation directs all agencies of the state government to utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities related to this state of emergency consistent with the direction of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan.

This proclamation also directs the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to provide local government assistance, as appropriate, under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act; the Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency to use sound discretion in applying this order to ensure that the suspension serves the purpose of accelerating cleanup and recovery, while at the same time protecting public health and the environment; to assist local governments as necessary and for the protection of public health and the environment and state agencies shall enter into contracts to arrange for the procurement of materials, goods, and services necessary to quickly remove dangerous debris and repair damaged resources.

Additionally, state agencies and departments within the governors administration shall work with local officials to assist them in establishing and implementing a comprehensive debris removal plan.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services continues to work with Mono County impacted to complete damage assessments and evaluate the need for additional action to help communities respond to and recover from the effects of this fire.

The full text of the emergency proclamation is provided by clicking on link HERE

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