Governor Declares Emergencies in 3 Counties Due to Wildfires

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Aug. 22 in Plumas, Shasta and Tehama counties in the wake of wildfires that have destroyed residences, threatened thousands of homes and other structures and caused evacuations and road closures.

The declarations pave the way for greater use of state agency personnel and resources to respond to the fires.

Meanwhile in Southern California, the National Weather Service issued “red flag warnings” for parts of Los Angeles, Ventura and Kern counties, citing elevated fire risk due to dry lightning and gusty winds predicted for the area. Firefighters throughout the region were said to be on alert.