CA Gov. Declares Statewide Emergency Due to Heatwave, Fires Across State

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

The California Governor declared a statewide emergency today to help ensure the availability of vital resources to combat fires burning across the state, which have been exacerbated by the effects of a triple-digit heatwave and sustained high winds, his office announced.

“We are deploying every resource available to keep communities safe as California battles fires across the state during these extreme conditions,” said Governor Newsom in a press release. “California and its federal and local partners are working in lockstep to meet the challenge and remain vigilant in the face of continued dangerous weather conditions.”

The Governor earlier this week secured Fire Management Assistance Grants  (FMAGs) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to bolster the state’s response to fires burning in Napa, Nevada and Monterey counties and signed an emergency proclamation and executive order to address impacts of the ongoing heatwave.

On Monday some 3.3 million households in the state were expected to lose power.

Today, officials are warning to shut off extra lights to conserve energy and warning of more possible rolling blackouts. 

The manager of the state's power grid has declared a Stage 2 emergency. So, turn off those extra lights today or they may be turned off for you in the form of rolling blackouts.

Earlier this week, Gov. Newsom was irate over the rolling blackouts from the weekend and vowed to do better and figure out a solution.

The California Independent System Operator issued a flex alert beginning Sunday through Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

 The California Independent System Operator also gave three actions people can do to conserve energy:

Set your thermostat to 78° or higher between 3 and 10 P.M.

Refrain from major appliance use between 3 and 10 P.M.

Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances

Governor @GavinNewsom today declared a statewide emergency to help ensure the availability of vital resources to combat fires burning across the state, which have been exacerbated by the effects of the historic West Coast heat wave & sustained high winds. https://t.co/29FT9lLd6p

— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) August 18, 2020