California governor Gavin Newsom plans to declare an emergency statewide Friday following the state's worst state fire season, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The order would accelerate recovery efforts, including accelerating forest thinning programs. It would also avoid some environmental regulations and has sparked criticism from some conservation groups, including the Center for Biodiversity, said The Sacramento Bee.
"We share Governor Newsom's desire to take urgent action against forest fires, but for decades, harmful strategies based on logging have failed to ensure the safety of Californians," he said. said center director Shaye Wolf in a statement.
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The camp fire, which burned 153,336 acres in northern California last November, killing 85 victims and destroying 18,804 structures, was the deadliest fire in California, according to Cal Fire.
Newsom said that an "extreme danger" to life and property necessitated the declaration of urgency. "The growing risks of forest fires that we face as a state mean that we just can not wait for a fire to happen in order to deploy emergency resources. California needs sustained attention and immediate action to better protect our communities, "he said in a statement.
The order will give priority to 467 acres of forest thinning as well as nearly 7,000 acres of fuel reduction projects in the central part of the state with a total of 94,000 acres of work foresters in the state, according to a Cal Fire report cited by the San Francisco. The Chronicle.
Newsom is expected to sign the executive order Friday in Lake County, near the Mendocino Complex's fire site in 2018, which burned 48,920 acres and killed a firefighter, according to Cal Fire .
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The only other state-wide emergencies since the year 2000 were reported by former Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014 and 2015, both related to the drought.