Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency today to aid counties recovering from multiple wildfires, including the River Complex Fire in Siskiyou and Trinity counties, the French Fire in Kern County, the Washington Fire in Tuolumne County, the Hopkins Fire in Mendocino County, and the Windy Fire and KNP Complex Fire in Tulare County.
The proclamation allows counties to access resources under the California Disaster Assistance Act to help with recovery operations, as well as providing assistance to afflicted residents by waiving costs for replacing documents like driver’s licenses and birth certificates.
extends consumer protections and streamlines and expedites the removal of ash and debris, among other provisions.
Governor Newsom has proclaimed a state of emergency in counties impacted by the Fawn Fire, Cache Fire, Caldor Fire, McFarland and Monument fires, Antelope and River fires, Dixie, Fly and Tamarack fires and the Lava Fire and Beckwourth Complex Fire. The Governor has also signed executive orders to support impacted communities and bolster wildfire response and recovery efforts.
The state previously secured FMAGs to support the response to the Alisal Fire, Fawn Fire, Dixie Fire in Lassen, Butte and Plumas counties and the response to the French Fire, Caldor Fire, Monument Fire, River Fire and Lava Fire. The White House last month approved a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration and Presidential Emergency Declaration to support the Caldor Fire response, and previously approved a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to support counties impacted by the Dixie and River fires