Statewide emergency declared due to fires, wind

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES  |   Above photo: The view in Three Rivers, California, on. Saturday, Oct. 26.  |  Below photo: The view in Three Rivers, California, on Sunday, Oct. 27.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency in California due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events that have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state.

The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County has burned more than 30,000 acres to date and has led to the evacuation of almost 200,000 people and threatened hundreds of structures.

The Tick Fire in Southern California near Santa Clarita has destroyed or damaged 49 structures, threatened homes and critical infrastructure, and caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents. It is 65 percent contained.

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As of today, there are over 3,000 local, state, and federal personnel, including first responders, assisting with the Kincade Fire alone.

“We are deploying every resource available and are coordinating with numerous agencies as we continue to respond to these fires,” said Governor Newsom. “It is critical that people in evacuation zones heed the warnings from officials and first responders, and have the local and state resources they need as we fight these fires.”

Earlier this week, the Governor secured Fire Management Assistance Grants to help ensure the availability of resources to fight the Kincade and Tick fires and enable local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

The Governor has also met with first responders, health officials, and residents of Napa, Geyserville, and Los Angeles this week, and held public briefings regarding the ongoing fire threats and the need to hold utilities accountable for the consequences of their decisions to shut off power for large portions of the state.

The Governor has also announced a $75 million program for state and local governments to mitigate impacts of power shutoffs and unveil a series of new partnerships and new tools to help secure medically vulnerable populations during these events.​

A copy of today’s proclamation may be found here.

One thought on “Statewide emergency declared due to fires, wind

  • November 1, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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    Fire safe and fire smart

    There is an abundance of on-line information on protecting our homes from wildfire but an LA Times article titled “How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire” to me was particularly on point. Within this short informative article are also many helpful links.

    https://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-fireproofing-your-home-20190408-story.html

    Recent past guidelines emphasized brush clearance and many folks feel that more is better. Current theory is against creating an open ‘bowling alley’ for wind blown embers to travel up to and slam into our homes. So how much is too much, how much is too little? This article and the accompanying linksI feel put it all into proper balanced perspective utilizing current fire behavior theory.

    Indiscriminate and expansive brush and grass clearance also destroys native plant seedling regeneration on our properties. Several times a season I walk our property looking for emerging oak, manzanita, and coffeeberry seedlings. If they are in an acceptable site to grow I stake them out with tall rebar and flagging or cage them until they become large enough to be seen and avoided when the tall dry grass of early summer covers the landscape. A small but rewarding effort toward preserving our native oaks and shrubs for future generations of both man and beast.

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