Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in California on Tuesday due to the various fires burning across the state and the series of extreme weather.
Recently, fires “exacerbated” by the heatwave and “sustained high winds” have been ravaging California.
The California government is “deploying every resource available to keep communities safe “in battling these fires “across the state,” said Governor Newsom.
He added that the state of California is working closely with its “federal and local partners” to address the events’ “challenge” and to “remain vigilant.”
Previously, Newsom secured assistance in the form of grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),” as per the Office of the Governor’s press release.
The grant will be used to strengthen the state’s response to the fires burning across California, including fires in the counties of Nevada, Napa, and Monterey.
Aside from the excessive heat terrorizing the whole state, lightning storms have also been adding to the problem.
Fires Across The State
According to the Los Angeles Times’ California Wildfires Map, there are now more than 30 fires burning across the state.
Eight among them have been burning for more than five days, and the numbers are still increasing.
Also, due to the fire, air quality was affected in many parts of the state.
According to authorities, air quality in the Bay Area and some parts of Northern California will be worse in the coming days because of the winds carrying the smoke from Marin, Sonoma, and San Mateo.
On Tuesday night, five fires started ravaging the county of Napa and have not been contained yet.
95% of the Apple fire in Riverside is now more than 90% contained.
So far, it is one of the most massive fires in the state and had burned more than 30,000 acres of land.
Authorities have called evacuation orders across the state due to the fires.
However, evacuations became more complicated due to the pandemic and heatwave.
According to the LA Times, evacuation centers, designated before the pandemic, were ditched, and instead, people go to hotels to lessen the potential spread of the virus.