September 23, 2020
Fire emergency declared statewide, five fires among California’s largest
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Governor Newsom has declared a statewide emergency due to the widespread fires and extreme weather conditions.

A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration will bolster the state’s emergency response to the Northern California wildfires. California has also secured Fire Management Assistance Grants for San Bernardino and sixteen other counties where fires are burning.

The Governor noted that five of the ten largest fires in our state’s history are burning right now.

Last month was the warmest August on historical record in California, and temperature records are being broken across the world.

Newsom noted that last week, a global study confirmed that melting of ice sheets at both the north and south poles have accelerated at a pace on par with the worst-case climate change scenarios, putting coastal communities where tens of millions of people reside at risk.
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