Tag: State of emergency

Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Mariposa County Due to Detwiler Fire


Jul 18, 2017 4:22 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Mariposa County due to the effects of the Detwiler Fire, which has burned thousands of acres, damaged power, water and communication infrastructure, threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

Link to Governor’s Proclamation’s page:  https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19876

The full text of the proclamation is below:

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS on July 16, 2017, the Detwiler Fire started in Mariposa County and has rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continues to burn; and

WHEREAS this fire has destroyed structures and continues to threaten homes, necessitating the evacuation of thousands of residents; and

WHEREAS the fire has damaged power, water, and communication infrastructure, and has forced the closure of major highways and local roads; and

WHEREAS extreme weather conditions and high temperatures have further increased the … continue reading »


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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County Due to Alamo and Whittier Fires


Jul 16, 2017 5:56 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara County due to the effects of the Alamo and Whittier fires, which have burned thousands of acres, damaged agriculture, businesses and critical infrastructure including power lines, threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

Link to Governor’s Proclamation’s page:  https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19876

The full text of the proclamation is below:

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS on July 6, 2017, the Alamo Fire, and on July 8, 2017 the Whittier Fire, began burning and have rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continue to burn in Santa Barbara County; and

WHEREAS these fires have destroyed structures and continue to threaten homes, necessitating the evacuation of residents; and

WHEREAS these fires have damaged and continue to threaten critical infrastructure, including major power lines, and have forced … continue reading »


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California’s Fire & Rescue Mutual Aid System Working To Battle Season’s Biggest Wildfires


Jul 11, 2017 10:50 am
Photo of Asst. Chief Brian Woodbeck and Kim Zagaris

Swinging into action for yet another season, teams of specially-trained firefighters from across the state are being strategically deployed to the state’s biggest wildfires. Currently, eight menacing wildfires are actively burning across the state, with more than half of those in the Central and Southern regions alone.

These fires are requiring the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to put the California Mutual Aid System to work.

“Every year we’re playing an important strategy game, constantly tracking resources and monitoring the temperatures, winds and fuel conditions all over the state,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of Cal OES. “Our mutual aid system relies heavily on the good faith efforts of local government agencies who have always responded to calls for help without hesitation. We’re proud of the system because it’s proven to be the most effective … continue reading »


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Drought Emergency Rescinded But Tree Mortality Still Dire


Apr 14, 2017 11:23 am

After six-plus years of historic drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown rescinded the state of emergency order, excluding four counties, in the wake of one of the wettest winters in state history. Only Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties remain in a drought emergency.

The drought is effectively over, though one of the fallouts from sustained dry conditions are recognizable in various counties throughout California. Tree mortality, resulting from unprecedented drought and subsequent bark beetle infestations, has stripped California forests of more than 100 million trees.

The mortality data is based on the U.S. Forest Service Aerial Detection Survey flown across all forested lands of the state each year. The Forest Service has already treated 30,000 acres of dead trees, with more to come.

The estimated number of dead trees in California from 2010 to 2016 … continue reading »


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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Counties Across California Following Severe Winter Storms


Jan 23, 2017 10:00 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued two emergency proclamations to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways.

The emergency proclamations issued due to January and December storms – for the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba and Del Norte – direct Caltrans to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal … continue reading »


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Remembering the Butte Fire One Year Later


Sep 9, 2016 1:32 pm

One year ago today, the Butte Fire blazed a devastating path through Amador and Calaveras counties in Northern California, burning nearly 80,000 acres in a span of 23 days.

Igniting east of Jackson in Amador County at 2:26 p.m., two people died and another was injured as the rapidly-moving fire charred 14,500 acres by that evening. The next day, the fire spread into Calaveras County and had already doubled in size. In all, the fire burned 70,868 acres.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a state of emergency for Amador and Calaveras counties on Sept. 11, and President Obama issued a major disaster declaration 11 days later. At the time, the Butte Fire was the seventh most destructive fire (based on damaged structures) in … continue reading »


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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in San Bernardino County Due to Blue Cut Fire


Aug 16, 2016 6:53 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for San Bernardino County due to the effects of the Blue Cut Fire, which has burned thousands of acres, threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

The full text of the proclamation is below:

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