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  • Saturday, November 15, 2008

     

    SCHWARZENEGGER Declares State of Emergency in Freeway Complex Fire

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today proclaimed a state of emergency in Orange and Riverside counties as a result of the Freeway Fire which has already burned approximately 5,800 acres, damaged or destroyed over 160 homes and required mandatory evacuations and road closures. The proclamation utilizes all resources consistent with the state's authority under the California Disaster Assistance Act.

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    The text of the proclamation is below:


    A PROCLAMATION

    OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

    WHEREAS on November 15, 2008, a wildfire started near the border of Orange County and Riverside County, and continues to spread; and

    WHEREAS the fire has burned approximately 5,800 acres in the two counties with approximately five percent containment; and

    WHEREAS the fire has damaged or destroyed over 160 homes in the two counties and is threatening over 1000 structures; and

    WHEREAS the fire has caused mandatory evacuations and road closures, and residents have been forced to seek emergency shelter in both counties; and

    WHEREAS on November 15, 2008, Orange County declared a local emergency, and requested that I declare a state of emergency; and

    WHEREAS on November 15, 2008, the City of Anaheim declared a local emergency, and requested that I declare a state of emergency; and

    WHEREAS on November 15, 2008, the City of Corona declared a local emergency; and

    WHEREAS high-winds, drought conditions, and higher than normal temperatures continue to exacerbate the dangerous fire conditions in Orange and Riverside Counties and throughout Southern California; and

    WHEREAS the circumstances of this wildfire, 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 fire in Orange and Riverside Counties.

    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 Orange and Riverside Counties.

    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 my Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the State Emergency Plan, and that OES 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 15h Day of November 2008.



    ______________________________

    ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

    Governor of California

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