Governor Gavin Newsom declares a state of emergency

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a state of emergency due to the Monument, McFarland, and Dixie Fire.

Posted: Aug 10, 2021 10:43 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2021 3:13 PM

REDDING, Calif.- On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency in Shasta County, Tehama County and Trinity County.

The emergency declaration says that the McFarland Fire, Monument Fire, and Dixie Fire have combined to burn over 100,000 acres and that local governments are unable to handle the fires on their own.

The declaration will allow local governments to use state resources to help manage and recover quickly.

These resources will be used under the direction of the Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan.

The state of the emergency declaration also says in part, "...state agencies shall enter into contracts to arrange for the procurement of materials, goods, and services necessary to quickly assist with the response to and recovery from the impacts of these fires."

The state of emergency doesn't directly impact local firefighters, but the state resources should help in other ways.

"Without that agreement, without those types of funding mechanisms it puts more pressure on the local agencies like City of Redding, City of Chico, and some of the other cities around here to send out more firefighters," Redding Fire Chief Jerrod Vanlandingham said. "And of course, that ends up being an impact for us locally if we have to send more firefighters out."

The emergency declaration will also allow people who lost their jobs to receive unemployment insurance quickly by bypassing the regular one-week waiting period.

While people that talked to Action News Now are glad that the state is helping, some also hoped they would do something sooner.

"This has been an ongoing problem for quite a few years and I think it should’ve been taken care of all the time, all along and not just wait until we get a burst of fires like this," Shingletown local Emma Peeters said.

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