California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide wildfire emergency Friday, citing “extreme peril” to life and property, in an effort to speed up forest clearing measures. There have only been two other statewide emergencies in California this century: during the drought in 2014 and the subsequent tree die-off in 2015. The executive order piggybacks on the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s recommendations earlier this month to complete 35 fuel-reduction priority projects.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom declares state wildfire emergency… But it might be not enough.SAC Media

The increasing wildfire risks we face as a state mean we simply can’t wait until a fire starts in order to start deploying emergency resources,” Newsom said in a statement, the Sacramento Bee reported. “California needs sustained focus and immediate action in order to better protect our communities.

The order enables the state to contract for help to clear forests without the typical bidding requirements and suspends environmental rules.

Through the declaration, the governor hopes to complete the 35 fuel-reduction priority projects recommended by Cal Fire before the peak of the wildfire season in the fall.

The priority projects and today’s emergency declaration comes in response to the deadliest and most destructive back-to-back fire seasons of 2017 and 2018, during which more than 150 people died and tens of thousands of buildings were destroyed.

In November, the Camp Fire killed 85 people, making it the state’s deadliest wildfire, and wiped out the town of Paradise.

The priority projects span nearly 147 square mile in areas near Big Sur, Orinda, Aptos, Woodside and Los Gatos. Also included are areas near the city of Redding, which was devastated by the deadly Carr Fire last year, and in Butte County, where Paradise is located.

Critics of the plan say they fear the state will clear too many trees, which could cause damageto the environment, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Studies have shown that areas of forest with large trees typically burn more slowly and less hot than areas that are broadly cleared.

One study published last year by Harold Zald, assistant professor of forest mensuration and biometrics at Humboldt State University, found that logging sites on the California-Oregon border experienced some of the highest fire intensity.

Having bigger trees and a more complex fuel structure, associated with a natural regenerating forest, will have lower fire severity,” Zald told the San Francisco Chronicle.

In a statement provided to weather.com, Shaye Wolf, climate science director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the organization “shares Gov. Newsom’s desire for urgent action on wildfires, but for decades now, harmful logging-based strategies have failed to keep Californians safe.

Cal Fire is thinning forests away from where most Californians live and far from areas with big risks of wind-driven fires,” she added. “The governor should reject this doomed, destructive approach and direct funding toward proven fire-safety strategies like retrofitting homes and improving defensible space around them.

Some at-risk areas like Sonoma and Napa counties and much of Southern California are excluded from the 28-page report because the focus is on higher-elevation, forested lands, Chad Hanson, an ecologist who researches fire recovery with the John Muir Project, told weather.com earlier this month.

It explicitly excludes communities that are not in forests, but the majority of the most at-risk communities in California are in grasslands, chaparral, and oak woodlands, not forests,” he said.

Newsom said Friday he was also setting aside about $24 million from this year’s budget to teach residents in six fire-prone counties about fire prevention and to raise awareness. Another $12 million is set aside for local and regional response teams and $13 million will fund a public awareness campaign.

Grants will also be available for groups that aid pets and farm animals during disasters, the governor said.

There have only been two other statewide emergencies in California this century: during the drought in 2014 and the subsequent tree die-off in 2015, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

[CalFire, SacBee, SFChronicle, Weather]

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  • #170544 Reply

    Bolta

    The governor should go after the govt pricks who ordered these fires set and go after those firemen who set them.

    Is the governor a fallen angel shapeshifter? Who else wouldn’t go after those who are doing these things? I ask you.

  • #170545 Reply

    E C

    What double speak!

  • #170556 Reply

    dave

    The REAL Stage of Emergency California faces is that states COMMUNIST Governor and Commie Legislature !!!!!!!

  • #170580 Reply

    Blather

    That’s what you get for putting in the DEVILS.

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    Christian Gains

    I STRONGLY SUGGEST that no INTELLIGENT person listen to this DEMwit Socialist moron! He’s simply following MARX & ENGELS leading…(READ “1984” for a decent description of what is coming…NOTE: San Francisco has become, and the REST of CaliFORNICATION will SOON FOLLOW!

    COMMON SENSE is a RARE INFLUENCE these days in the LIBERAL WORLD…it’s NOTHING BUT RAW EMOTION ruling!!! BEWARE!!!

    • #170868 Reply

      Apocalypse Rider

      @ Christian Gains Huh! That`s exactly like here:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demolition_Man_(film)

      It is very interesting, that so many people in so many places in the world notice that most or all governments are communist. Looks like this disease is spreading around the world like never before. They are breeding the most stupid and degenerated units and give them money stolen from the rest, exterminating also last remains of any intelligence. In Poland for example, the law and justice, extremely primitive communist-fascist party (PiS), which took power in 2015 sent that country to the bottom I can not remember. Army has been destroyed to the rest – over 200 experienced generals and colonels has been fired or departed of their own will, and new hired are just young whipsters about 25-30 without any experience and education. Tripartition of power has been destroyed – PiS appropirated all courts and law enforcement, that are now doing nothing, remitting all lawsuits. Pathology, criminals and furious peasants do what they want and are totally unpunished. They have permitted to cut any forests and trees everywhere, so we have now total holocaust of any greenery and forests, more and more lands look like after nuclear attack or other disaster. They are giving out money (about 125 $ monthly) for all new born children, so entire families don`t work and just are producing new and new. All taxes and charges rise insanely, electricity and garbage collection prices have risen twice, prices for all are rising. I could mention forever their crimes and their extreme idiocy. And of course the more country is sinking into decay, the more they scream how powerful and glorious Poland is.

      We really ale living in the days of biblical Tribulation. More and more often I feel like closed in a bunker, waiting out some raging disaster outside.

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    Follows TheWay

    Escape the matrix…the time is at hand.

    He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matt 11:15)

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    (Isa 42:16; John 12:46; Acts 26:18; Rom 13:12; 1Cor 13:12, 2Cor 4:6; 1Pet 2:9; 1John 1:5):

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