Governor Newsom Signs Emergency Declaration in San Diego County

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a state of emergency to provide support to California communities recovering from the wildfires that occurred in 2017 and 2018.

Governor Newsom announced the signing today at a ceremony in San Miguel County, San Diego. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services reported more than 25,000 structures damaged in the fires, with nearly 18,000 destroyed.

It is the Governor’s second major disaster declaration. In July 2018, the Governor declared a state of emergency for the San Diego and Imperial counties, which covers almost all of Southern California.

“From the devastating flooding that has affected our state, to the wildfires we’ve faced, Cal Fire, our state firefighters and officials are working every day to recover and rebuild communities that are at risk once again,” said Gov. Newsom. “The Governor is signing this emergency declaration to ensure our community partners can take care of our most vulnerable, and support our most need. He is also sending state resources to help local agencies meet their recovery needs, and to help with recovery efforts in the coming months when those resources are needed.”

The Governor’s office said recovery efforts require the assistance of many agencies to support the rebuilding of homes, businesses and public infrastructure. These include Cal Fire, the California Department of Transportation, the Office of Emergency Services, the Office of Emergency Management, the State Lands Commission, the California Highway Patrol, the California Natural Resources Agency, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the California Department of Public Health and the United State General Services Administration.

An announcement is expected in the coming days regarding the Governor’s request for a major disaster declaration in San Diego County to provide support to the communities impacted by the major wildfires.

Earlier this month, the Governor announced an emergency relief package for wildfire victims in California. The full state of emergency that Newsom signed today will be used to support local communities that need additional support.

“On behalf of the people of the Commonwealth, including all Californians, I want to express our appreciation for the sacrifices made by our first responders, by the fire service, by firefighters. They are heroes. We should all be proud of the

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