Tag: State of emergency

Drought Emergency Rescinded But Tree Mortality Still Dire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After six-plus years of historic drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown rescinded the state of emergency order, excluding four counties, in the wake of one of the wettest winters in state history.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.

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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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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Lake County Due to Clayton Fire


Aug 15, 2016 5:58 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Lake County due to the effects of the Clayton Fire, which has burned thousands of acres, damaged critical infrastructure, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

The full text of the proclamation is below:

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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in San Luis Obispo County Due to Chimney Fire


Aug 15, 2016 5:47 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for San Luis Obispo County due to the effects of the Chimney Fire, which has burned thousands of acres, damaged critical infrastructure, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

The full text of the proclamation is below:

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Decoding Exactly What It Means To Declare State Of Emergency


Jul 29, 2016 3:43 pm

Whenever there is a devastating wildfire, earthquake or other forms of natural disasters, three seemingly simple words resonates the most with Californians: State of Emergency.

But what exactly does it mean?

As recently as July 26, Acting Governor Tom Torlakson issued emergency proclamations for Los Angeles and Monterey counties due to the effects of the Sand and Soberanes fires, which at that point had burned tens of thousands of acres of land, threatened thousands of homes and other structures and caused the evacuation of residents.

Torlakson stepped in as acting governor due to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. being out of state. The state constitution requires that when the governor leaves the state, another elected official must assume the responsibilities. Normally, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom would be next in line, but he also left the state, as did … continue reading »


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Acting Governor Torlakson Declares State of Emergency in Los Angeles and Monterey Counties


Jul 26, 2016 2:14 pm

SACRAMENTO – Acting Governor Tom Torlakson today issued emergency proclamations for Los Angeles and Monterey counties due to the effects of the Sand and Soberanes fires, which have burned tens of thousands of acres of land, threatened thousands of homes and other structures and caused the evacuation of residents.

The full text of the proclamations is below:

 

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY 

WHEREAS on July 22, 2016, the Sand Fire started in the Santa Clarita area of Los Angeles County, has rapidly burned tens of thousands of acres of land, and continues to burn; and

WHEREAS this fire has destroyed more than eighteen homes and continues to threaten thousands of structures, including additional homes, necessitating … continue reading »


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Battling California’s Dangerous Wildfires Requires Mutual Efforts


Jun 26, 2016 9:39 pm

On Friday, June 24, 2016 the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) activated the State Operations Center to coordinate a statewide response to the Erskine Fire currently burning in Kern County. That same day, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. declared a state of emergency for the county due to the severity of the incident.

More than 43,000 acres have burned so far near the Lake Isabella area, claiming multiple lives, requiring evacuations of residents, destroying 220 structures and threatening an additional 2,500 structures. As of today, with the fire at 40% containment, there are currently over 1,700 men and women fighting this blaze.

Cal OES has responded to this incident by dispatching resources utilizing the California Mutual Aid System. A system created to provide mobilization, organization and operation of fire resources to mitigate … continue reading »


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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Kern County due to Erskine Fire


Jun 24, 2016 5:07 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Kern County due to the effects of the Erskine Fire, which has claimed multiple lives, caused the evacuation of thousands of residents, burned thousands of acres and damaged homes and critical infrastructure.

“Anne and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to everyone impacted by this destructive blaze,” said Governor Brown. “We join all Californians in expressing our gratitude to the courageous firefighters, emergency personnel and volunteers working tirelessly throughout Kern County to help residents and extinguish this fire.”

The full text of the proclamation is below:

 

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