Groveland, CA — Governor Jerry Brown has approved the Tuolumne County Supervisors request for a State of Emergency declaration.
It opens the door for increased state money and resources to help battle the 53,866 acre fire in the Stanislaus National Forest. As you can see in the photo, the Governor’s Office of Emergency trucks arrived at Mary Laveroni Park earlier today.
The complete declaration is below:
A PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
WHEREAS a wildfire started on August 17, 2013, and continues to burn in Tuolumne County; and
WHEREAS the fire has burned over 53,000 acres, damaged homes, and is threatening 2,500 other residences, necessitating the evacuation of residents, and the opening of emergency shelters; and
WHEREAS on August 19, 2013, Tuolumne County proclaimed a local
emergency and requested that I proclaim a state of emergency; and
WHEREAS the circumstances of this wildfire, by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single county, city and county, or city and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and
WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exists within the County of Tuolumne due to these events.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN, JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist within Tuolumne County.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
All agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan.
I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 22nd day of August, 2013.
(A special thanks to our community news partner Paul Epp for taking the photos)