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Gov. Schwarzenegger proclaims state of emergency in San Bernardino County

Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar visits Oak Glen Fire III to help the victims of wildfires.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed
Executive order to waive fees
and help victims of wildfires

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visits Oak Glen Fire III in San Bernardino County for Briefing.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the Oak Glen Fire III in San Bernardino County to receive a briefing on the status of firefighting efforts statewide. The Governor also proclaimed a state of emergency in San Bernardino County due to fires that have burned hundreds of acres, forced an entire town to be evacuated, are threatening homes and commercial structures and have sent people to emergency shelters.

Yesterday, the Governor signed Executive Order S-16-09 to waive fees and help recovery efforts for the victims of wildfires in Los Angeles, Mariposa, Monterey, Placer, Santa Cruz and Yuba Counties. He also announced the establishment of a Local Assistance Center to help victims of the 49 fire in Placer County. The center opened and will provide information on state and local services to assist those who have been impacted by this event.

On Sunday, the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency in Placer County due to wildfire. Last week, the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Monterey Counties and the Lieutenant Governor proclaimed a state of emergency in Mariposa County due to wildfires.

Governor proclaimed a state of emergency in San Bernardino County due to fires that have burned hundreds of acres

The full text of the proclamation is below:

 WHEREAS on August 30, 2009, two wildfires began in San Bernardino County and they continue to burn; and

 WHEREAS these fires have already burned hundreds of acres, forced an entire town to be evacuated, are threatening homes and commercial structures, and have sent people to emergency shelters; and

 WHEREAS I requested and the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a Fire Management Assistance Grant to defray some of the emergency response costs; and

 WHEREAS the circumstances of these fires, 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 exist due to the fires in San Bernardino County.

FEMA approved a Fire Management Assistance Grant to defray some of the emergency response costs

 NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, 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 San Bernardino 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 California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and the State Emergency Plan, and that CalEMA provide local government assistance under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act.

 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 1st day of September 2009.

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