California places 5 more counties under state of emergency
Posted: 2017-Oct-11 08.33.24 UTC+0800
LOS ANGELES — California Governor Jerry Brown Monday evening issued an emergency order for five more counties affected by wildfires erupted Sunday night.
The proclamation released by the Governor' s office said Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties were kept in state of emergency due to the effects of multiple wildfires, including the Cherokee, LaPorte, Sulphur, Potter, Cascade, Lobo and Canyon Fires.
The governor also requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to support the state and local response to fires burning in Northern California, following an emergency proclamation issued earlier Monday for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.
In a five-page-letter sent to President Donald Trump, Brown said: "Thousands of firefighters were deployed to fight the fires, including California National Guard members."
Due to an extreme wind, the wildfires cannot be controlled immediately, and "in last 24 hours, more than 18 wildfires...have collectively burned more than 80,000 acres (323.7 square km)," he said.
He said the Golden State has been suffering a terrible fire season, which cost the government a huge amount of resources.
"I have proclaimed state of emergencies for ten fire events throughout the state since July 2017. Additionally, there have been over 7,484 fire starts in California since January 2017," the letter read.
More than 20 wildfires, scorching California from north to south, have killed 10, serious injured at least two, destroyed at least 1,500 structures and forced 20,000 people to be evacuated. (PNA)