California declares state of emergency as it battles fires and extreme weather


California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Tuesday to secure vital resources for the state amid wildfires that have exacerbated a sweltering heat wave.

At least 27 fires are raging statewide, some caused by lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm on Sunday, according to a map from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The flames intensified temperatures due to a severe heat wave that occurred over the weekend.

On Saturday, a tornado of fire was spotted near the Nevada border where the Loyalton Fire continues to burn in the Tahoe National Forest.

The emergency order will allow agencies to deploy all possible resources to ensure the safety of residents in these “extreme” conditions, Newsom said on Tuesday.

“California and its federal and local partners are working together to meet the challenge and remain vigilant in the face of consistently hazardous weather conditions,” Newsom said.

The state has experienced continual power outages since Friday, as high temperatures stretched the state’s power grid to its limits.

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The governor signed an emergency proclamation on Monday to prevent power outages. The order allowed some users and utilities to use “back-up power sources” during peak hours.

But the power grid manager, the California Independent System Operator, warned in a statement Tuesday that it “anticipates the need to shut off” power supplies in the evening due to high demand.

The operator later said on Twitter that its website had shut down on Tuesday afternoon due to the request for information.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Electricity said on Twitter that it recorded the highest demand for electricity yet for 2020 on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has urged residents of the West Coast to take high temperatures seriously to prevent heat-related illnesses.

“Yes, it’s summer and summer is hot, but it’s different,” the agency tweeted. “These are record high temperatures in what is usually one of the hottest times of the year anyway. “

By early Tuesday evening, it was still 125 degrees at the Death Valley Furnace Creek visitor center, according to the National Weather Service.

Triple-digit temperatures baked up northern Redding state in El Centro near the border, the latter recording a reading of 112 degrees shortly after 6 p.m.

Counties of El Centro and San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino were subject to excessive heat warnings until Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

An excessive heat warning was in effect for Los Angeles until 9 p.m. Wednesday, when it was to be reduced to a heat advisory until Thursday evening, federal forecasters said.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, an excessive heat warning was in effect until Wednesday evening.

The National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office said Tuesday in its discussion of the forecast that little relief was expected.

“Only a slight cooling is expected later in the week and temperatures will remain above normal until the beginning of next week,” he said.


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