California Governor Gavin Newsom Declares State of Emergency

Newsom signs state of emergency to support California communities recovering from wildfires This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the…

California Governor Gavin Newsom Declares State of Emergency

Newsom signs state of emergency to support California communities recovering from wildfires

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Governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday declared a state of emergency for California after a series of fires spread across northern and southern California.

The governor declared the state of emergency one hour after his meeting with California National Guard troops who have been fighting fires throughout the state.

Newsom’s declaration comes after the death of 15-year-old Dylan Hockley and the dozens injured in a crash in the Santa Clarita Valley.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, nine people died in three separate fires and one was killed in a separate structure fire. Two others died in a car accident in Los Angeles County.

A total of 51 people were injured, including 21 in Los Angeles and 34 in Ventura County.

In a press conference Saturday morning, Newsom told reporters that the state of emergency is in force until at least May 1:

“The last thing we want is for people to be put at risk without being adequately trained…We’ve got to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.”

In Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles Fire Department said they received 11 calls for service between Friday night and Saturday morning. Fourteen of them were for calls of structures or vehicles burning.

The department said on Twitter that they responded to two structure fires, one vehicle fire, and three vehicle fires, with 20-30 homes destroyed.

In Ventura County, the Ventura County Fire Department received seven calls for service between Friday night and Saturday morning, five of them for a vehicle or structure fire. One car caught fire, the department reported. One of two structures burned was the home of a woman in Ventura. The department said on Twitter that they responded to one car fire and seven structures. The home was destroyed.

“This is going to take a while to repair,” Newsom said. “We’re going to continue to be out there as long as it’s necessary.”

The governor later said there has been a total of 30 additional wildfires in California

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